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See you on the red carpet at HIMSS16

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HIMSS 2016 will kick off in Las Vegas on Feb. 29th! Healthcare IT professionals will be there in full force to learn about the hottest trends in the field, check out new products, and hear keynoter Michael Dell talk about starting Dell Inc. at the age of 19, and his vision for tech that enables human potential.

We’ve got the red carpet laid out to show off the star of our healthcare point-of-care portfolio, Ergotron’s StyleView® medical carts and the latest accessories nurses have asked for. So come on over to booth #5432 and take this beauty for a spin. Launched in 2004 as the mobile cart designed by nurses, engineered for IT (see below), the StyleView point-of-care line just keeps getting better with age.

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Check out our whole-hospital solutions for RadiologyTelemedicineTelepresence and everything in between. We bet you’ll feel the difference comfortable computing can make in the digital workflow, supporting care giving and patient engagement everywhere you are.

Don’t forget to pick up your “passport” card to win big! Visit our booth and LenovoHealth booth #2465. Receive stamps in your passport at both booths to be entered to win an Ergotron SV-10 Tablet Cart and a Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Tablet.

Want to make the most of this “Entertainment Capital of the World”? See our Ergotron Tips for HIMSS16 in Vegas blog or follow along socially at @ergotron or @himss (#HIMSS or #StyleView).

What we hope you remember is that whatever new process or compliance issue you are facing, Ergotron is well equipped to help you bring that information to the point of care.

 

Ergotron Tips for HIMSS16 in Vegas

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Less than three weeks from today marks the start of HIMSS Conference & Exhibition – the health IT conference – in Las Vegas, Nevada. From February 29 to March 4, 2016, this annual event will bring together more than 40,000 healthcare professionals, all ready to discover the innovative technology set to transform health through IT in 2016. Here are some tips and techniques you should know before you land in sunny Vegas:

  • Don’t bring a lot of stuff. Sounds commonsensical, but it’s easy to do. You won’t want to awkwardly lug a heavy briefcase or large purse around all day, especially while you’re visiting with people and trying to maneuver in crowded areas. Stick with the essentials; now is a great time to milk your mobile or tablet device for all it’s worth.
  • Weather will be warm, and most likely, delightful. At this time of year in Vegas, the average high is 67 degrees, and like they say, it’s a dry heat. Plan your wardrobe accordingly.  And if you forget a water bottle, no worries, someone is sure to be giving one away free in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Pack a swimsuit. Your hotel will have a pool, and taking a dip in the cold water will be exactly what you need after a long day at the conference. Also pack multiple pairs of comfortable shoes; switching pairs may help sore feet recover each day.
  • The conference takes place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, a massive space and one of the few large enough to contain HIMSS. There are more than 300 educational programs and over 1,300 exhibitors, so plan out what you want to do (and where it is) beforehand. Use these maps to guide you. If you’re attending with several colleagues, agree on a meeting point in case anyone gets lost. There might be spotty cell service. Don’t forget to add our booth #5432 to the top of your list!
  • Get out and explore the city! Vegas is famous as the Entertainment Capital of the World. You’ll have a tough time deciding which activities and adventures to pursue, if you don’t settle in at the casinos, that is! Our best sightseeing tip: get a Las Vegas Power Pass — it gives you FREE entry to 25+ of the town’s top attractions and tours. The view from the “Eiffel Tower” or the Stratosphere is amazing, as is the art exhibit at the Bellagio, FYI.
  • Participate in the conversation surrounding #HIMSS via social media. If you don’t feel real social savvy, now is the time to learn in the supportive HIMSS environment. This year’s HIMSS official Social Media Ambassador team is stellar (follow Ambassadors on Twitter) and we’re glad to help at @ergotron. Want to talk carts and add-on power? COWS, WOWs and workflows? Tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #HIMSS and follow @himss for tradeshow updates and happenings.
  • Last but not least:  We’re unveiling our 2016 healthcare roadmap, sharing some new routes you will want to take! From our most innovative StyleView carts to some brand new solutions, get the first look by visiting us at booth #5432. We’re giving you the glimpse from the whole hospital perspective. We’re advancing the art of charging, bringing healthier movement into administration, and exploring tablet usage in the ever changing workflow. You won’t want to miss it!

 

 

Stanford Study good news for back pain sufferers on the job

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Sit-stand desk users are 75% more likely to report pain-free days than those working at traditional seated [sit-only] desks.

This is just one of the encouraging findings in the study conducted by Stanford University, “Impact of a Sit-Stand Workstation on Chronic Low Back Pain Results of a Randomized Trial.” Published online in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) by Grant T. Ognibene, BA, Wilson Torres, BS, Rie von Eyben, MS, and Kathleen C. Horst, MD, the research concludes that low back pain may be improved by the introduction of sit-stand workstations.

The research confirms what our anecdotal evidence has told us, that the ability to change positions from seated to standing frequently throughout the workday gives workers some measure of relief from certain low back pain issues.

Back pain continues to be a key issue in terms of employee health and safety as well as a drain on business productivity in absenteeism, presenteeism, and increased worker’s compensation rates. It is estimated that 31 million Americans are experiencing back pain1, and the prevalence of global back pain is estimated to be around 23%2. Not only do businesses feel the impact of people out of the office dealing with pain, but workers themselves suffer from the physical and emotional stress of not being able to work as they would like.

The real good news here? Participants began to experience an improvement approximately 15 days after the sit-stand computer workstation was installed. And associated benefits included increased concentration: 95% of participants reported significantly lower back and neck pain, noting the pain was significantly less likely to interfere with their ability to concentrate.

“Our sit-stand workstations allow seamless movement between sitting and standing positions, offering users ergonomic comfort in addition to many other health-related benefits,” said Pete Segar, Ergotron CEO. “We will continue to build on our WorkFit product line with products like the WorkFit-T and WorkFit-TL to improve the health and productivity of the world’s office workers.”

The study, conducted onsite at Stanford, used a combination of 46 Ergotron WorkFit-SWorkFit-A, and WorkFit-A Premium sit-stand workstations dependent on the worker’s desktop requirements.

This promising research is the first of what we hope many studies that explore some of the questions from this pilot: pain improvement happened slowly – would it continue to improve over a longer period? These folks already suffered from lower back pain – how part does adoption and use of sit-stand workstations play to prevent the onset of lower back pain? Would comprehensive ergo training in conjunction with SSW make for even greater improvement?

  1. Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 69-116.
  2. 2. Hoy D, Bain C, Williams G, et al  A systematic review of the global prevalence of low back pain. Arthritis Rheum 2012;64:2028.

Say Hello! to our lightest medical cart yet

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Nurses, you asked and we listened! The StyleView® SV10 cart is the simple solution when a full-blown computer cart isn’t necessary – perfect for EMR and telehealth applications. Ergotron and Anthro combined their deep experience in healthcare to design a streamlined cart that delivers the quality nurses and IT have come to expect from us. The SV10 cart is big enough to get the job done, but small enough to fit into tight quarters like exam rooms, roll right up to a patient’s bedside, or stow in a closet! Easy.

Effortlessly move each cart to the point of need, securely accommodate your device, and position it for comfortable data entry and screen viewing. The carts offer 15″ (38 cm) of effortless vertical height adjustment so you can sit or stand as you work.

Choose from these THREE models to match your device:

StyleView® Laptop Cart, SV10 securely holds your laptop and locks it in place!

StyleView® Tablet Cart, SV10 positions your device screen at the perfect angle!

Or for Microsoft Surface users, the StyleView® S-Tablet Cart, SV10 has an innovative magnetic attachment which holds the screen where you want it.

Want to add power to the SV10 cart? Need to attach a scanner to it? No problem. Customize the SV10 cart with the accessories you need. (See product pages for details.)

Whether it is a light-weight cart like the SV10, or a fully loaded med transfer cart, finding the solution is easier than you think. Try our Medical Cart Finder for your best fit.

Celebrate 10th Annual National Health IT Week

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Happy Healthcare IT Week! In honor of this milestone anniversary, we reiterate our commitment to advancing health IT. Here’s how Ergotron does its little part to keep HCAHPS scores up.

The first three questions on the HCAHPS survey have to do with nurse/patient experience. So, what if a nurse or caregiver is physically fatigued and that impacts how they interact with patients? What if fatigue leads to being distracted and modifying or limiting certain activities? Nurses have one of the most physically and mentally challenging jobs in America, and are a super-human selfless race that puts the care of others ahead of themselves. There are little things that we can do to help make a difference with nurse fatigue.

In a recent survey, it was reported that nurses spend 3.5 hours per 10-hour shift doing documentation at a computer workstation; 49% of nurses report feeling some level of discomfort during that time.

The 3.5 hours that a nurse spends documenting throughout a shift should not contribute to nurse fatigue, but rather should be a relief point for caregivers. Wrist and neck injuries related to digital documentation are preventable with a properly ergonomic computer work station. Whether it’s mounted on a wall or on a cart, a computer workstation should be intuitively adjustable by the nurse, and done so in a way that encourages the nurse to actually make the custom adjustments to keyboards/mice and LCD monitors. And these adjustments need to require very little effort or force from the nurse. The documentation workstation should not lead to further exertion and musculoskeletal injuries, but rather make the act of documentation a positive experience for our bodies.

When asked for your input on which computer workstations your hospital should adopt, whether it’s a computer on wheels or wall mount work station, make sure that it has a full 20” of height adjustability to accommodate the maximum amount of body sizes in either a seated or standing position, be sure that it has an adjustable keyboard tray with negative tilt, be sure that it takes very little pushing, pulling, lifting or lowering force, and be sure that it brings the documentation right into the logical point of need and use.

So, how does Ergotron fit into all of this?

  • Ergotron mobile computer carts and wall-mounted documentation stations are designed to create positive patient experiences and to facilitate achieving patient engagement objectives.
  • Delivering EMR’s into the natural triangle of care is part of the solution – helping caregivers care for themselves and reducing nurse fatigue is the other part of the solution that helps lead to higher patient satisfaction.
  • Ergotron mobile telemedicine carts are flexible and practical tools for helping with population management objectives, improving quality of care, creating multiple patient touch-points and expanding services and service areas.
  • Ergotron products are anthropometrically and ergonomically designed to include all the features that nurses ask for, and all the conveniences and dependability that IT requires.

Do you love health IT, too? Here are 10 ways for you to celebrate Health IT Week!

Celebrate Nurses Week in Plain-Speak

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When you are visiting a loved one in the hospital, it is not hard to get distracted by the drama surrounding you. If you are like me, you compare it to the latest hospital show you are watching, and find yourself uttering things like, “He needs some water, stat!” with strange assurance.

When my dad was sick, I took on a very Sherlockian view of things. Deductive powers gone amuck, i.e., “Surely that beeping sound means something!” Although my dad’s nurse never said it, I imagine “nervous Nelly” was one term that could have described me.

Amidst the chaos of changing shifts, moving patients, and impatient families, one thing was missed. What’s that you say? An ingenious Nurse code according to scrubsmag.com.

It is often a waiting game, right? Waiting for results, waiting for the doctor, waiting for the “all clear” sign or even, “here’s what’s coming next” plan. However, during it all I can’t honestly remember hearing code like “Line & Lab” or “walkie talkie” when the nurses tending him were heroically moving heaven and earth, my dad, and my own heightened sensibilities about the place.

Maybe dad was a “frequent flyer.” Still, I was glad when the nurses seemed to be happy to see him again, although maybe not happy to see him back. I kind of wish now I would have known about nurse slang. And I wonder…there are codes for dramatic patients apparently, but what about dramatic family members? I might have earned that code once or twice, the name of some horribly gone-wrong reality star I am sure.

What nurses may not realize is that the family often has a similar unsaid code. It’s not too fancy, usually along the lines of “ministering angel” or “life saver.” Frequently it’s “wonder worker” or a “sensible Sally.” Sometimes, in the midst of a Jerry Seinfeld-ish “Newman” moment, the still small inkling lingers. Even though this nurse is giving me some tough love right now, the honest thought behind my blank/angry/tired or sad eyes is TGYH. Translation: Thank God you’re here.

Here’s to an amazing National Nurse Day today and a wonderful National Nurses Week ahead! And to all the hard working men and women who make up this field, let me speak for the patient and the family alike here…just call us “grateful.”

Michelle Judd, Sr. Marketing Manager, Global Communications @ Ergotron

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HIMSS15 Recap: What we learned in Chicago

This year’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference took over Chicago’s mammoth McCormick Place with 43,129 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors – a record!

We enjoyed seeing everyone at our booths and had great conversations about healthcare workflow and supporting care in every part of the hospital.

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Our aim was to bring the hospital to HIMSS15 attendees, allowing them to experience the difference that comfortable computing can make in the digital workflow. The response was overwhelming. Our visitors told us over and over: Seeing is believing! They appreciated being able to see our “situation room” and imagine how it might function in their own workplace.

“Every hospital and clinic has its own unique set of challenges and we’re fortunate to have the widest variety of solutions to help bring EMR’s right into the workflow and triangle of care in a way that is ergonomically correct and that caregivers will adopt,” said Bob Hill, marketing manager for healthcare at Ergotron. “On average, nurses spend about 35% of their 10-hour shift doing documentation. With all the other job hazards nurses face during the shift, that 3.5 hours documenting shouldn’t be the cause of stress, strain, or injury.”

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Giving attendees the chance to experience workflow solutions in a staged hospital setting makes it easier to understand how Ergotron and Anthro are supporting care everywhere. The two companies joined forces to give attendees a hospital-view on point-of-care StyleView carts, wall mounted workstations, radiology desks, and other computer stations for the entire facility.

We were also trend spotting outside the booths. Social media was huge at HIMSS15. At one moment on April 15th, the hashtag #HIMSS15 was trending at number eight in the U.S.!

Nobody did a better job of keeping up with the social media conversation than our friends at CDW Healthcare. (Chicago is their hometown, after all, so they were in the thick of it from the get-go.) For the best tweets each day – covering interoperability, Big Data, telehealth, etc. – check out CDW’s posts, like this Day 4 recap.

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One of our favorite informatics nurses, Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN – A.K.A. The Nerdy Nurse – attended as a HIMSS Social Media Ambassador. A super-knowledgeable influencer, she tweeted that the biggest buzz at HIMSS15 was about Apple Watch apps. (Top trend: wearables are slated to be the next generation of health IT devices.) She also tweeted that she was “really impressed with the offerings from @VoceraComm and @TeleTracking.” Vocera uses the Apple Watch and an enterprise-class platform for hands-free clinical communications. Tele Tracking is an enterprise solution for optimizing hospital operations and patient flow. We’re impressed, too, by these new innovations and so many more that we saw at the show.

As healthcare moves to the cloud, connectivity and security are becoming pressing concerns. Many presenters and exhibitors at HIMSS15 addressed the associated risks.

That’s one of the reasons we’re already looking forward to HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, which will feature tours of cloud hosting facilities. (Remember, Vegas is the home of Zappos.)

We’ll get a first-hand look at how these IT pros ensure privacy and security of data in the cloud.  Hackers are learning that stolen health data is more valuable than bank or credit card info. (It has a longer shelf life.)

We’re excited for what’s next in healthcare IT.  Healthcare pros, we’ll look to you to continue inventing the future and we promise to continue to support it.

We’ve almost recovered from #HIMSSanity! How about you?

We’re Bringing The Hospital To You At HIMSS 2015

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HIMSS 2015 is off to an exciting start! This year Ergotron and Anthro are joining forces to give you a hospital-eye view on point-of-care carts and imaging furniture for the entire facility. Step in an experience the difference comfortable computing can make in the digital workflow, supporting care giving and patient engagement everywhere you are.

We’re highlighting everything from our sixth generation StyleView® medical carts, to the latest Telemedicine and telepresence solutions, and everything in between.

Looking for things to do? See Anthro’s What to Expect at HIMSS in Chicago, for First time Attendees blog, learn more about our booth promotions, or follow along socially at @ergotron, @ergohit or @anthrocorp.

Nortek Acquires Anthro Corporation, Technology Furniture®

Nortek, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK) today announced the acquisition of Anthro Corporation, the Oregon-based designer and manufacturer of technology furniture to join Nortek’s Ergotron and OmniMount brands (see the release).anthro-logo-notag_Red_2

“We share similar cultures and our employees put customers first in everything they do,” said Pete Segar, Ergotron President and CEO. “This shared passion and energy will drive new innovations that not only support our mission of delivering the kinds of solutions that promote healthier and more productive environments, but also strategically prepare us for future trends.”

By uniting the strengths and resources of Ergotron and Anthro, our combined organization is positioned to better serve the growing global demand for high-quality and affordable digital life and workstyle products. We are excited to welcome Anthro employees aboard today!

One Cart To Rule Them All? We Think So

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Meet our newest charging systems family! Ergotron’s Zip40 Charging Cart, Zip40 Charging and Management Cart, and Zip12 Charging Desktop Cabinet all share a universal desire to keep your tablet, Chromebook™, Ultrabook™, MacBook® and laptop devices−individually or in any combination−secure, protected and charged.

Adjustable dividers gives you flexibility in which devices you charge together. You can move or remove dividers as needed to create your own custom-size spaces:

  • For Carts: 40-unit capacity with 1.1ʺ-wide (28 mm) slots and partial shelf for extra storage—ideal for tablets, Chromebooks and Ultrabooks; 30-unit capacity with 1.4ʺ-wide (35 mm) slots—great for full-size laptops or other devices with large cases
  • For Desktop: 12-unit capacity with 1.1ʺ-wide (28 mm) slots and partial shelf for extra storage—ideal for tablets, Chromebooks and Ultrabooks; 8-unit capacity with 1.4ʺ-wide (35 mm) slots—great for full-size laptops or other devices with large cases of these needed

Central to both carts is Ergotron’s reliable and patented PowerShuttle® power management system which charges up to 30% faster than a standard round-robin charging system so devices are ready you need them, and the system never waste time charging empty slots.

From the classroom to your backroom retail management of devices, this cart has something for everyone. But hey, that’s us. Take a look for yourself!


To choose the right charging system for you visit Charging.ergotron.com.