Category Archives: Healthcare

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

Ergotron Zip40 Carts and Zip12 Desktop Cabinet

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.

[Infographic] Hospital RX: Nurse Health & Patient Care

A few weeks ago, Ergotron shared the results of a survey in a report which explores healthcare technology and nurses. This Infographic, Hospital RX: Nurse Health & Patient Care, will give you a fresh look at the challenges of digital healthcare.

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You can find the report and the Infographic anytime at Healthcare.ergotron.com.

Over the next few weeks, we intend to break down each section of the Infographic here. Stay tuned and let us know what you think!

[Video] Introducing the Tablet Charging Wall Mount 12

This slim cabinet is perfect for charging and securing up to 12 tablets and Chromebooks, especially in areas where space is constrained. Step through installation to get started on premium and safe management of your hand-held devices.

 

(Infographic) Nursing Challenges and Changes

While nurses represent the majority of the U.S. healthcare workforce and are on the front lines of the industry’s radical transformation, they face many daily challenges. Nurses are responsible for quality care and patient satisfaction, yet they continue to spend more time interacting with technology and potentially less and less time actually providing care to patients, making it harder to provide outstanding care.

Nurses went into the profession because they wanted to take care of people. In this world of technology they are spending up to 35% of their day doing documentation. This infographic looks at ways that they can make that 35% more tolerable and reduce or combine documentation time with patient interaction (triangle of care).

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We believe that if we can provide equipment to relieve physical burdens, solutions to technology problems and broadband telemedicine to alleviate the widespread nursing shortage, the healthcare industry and nurses in particular will be better positioned to do the job they are meant to be doing- providing quality care to patients.

Click here for a PDF of the Infographic and Creative Commons Attribution.

University of Chester pilot study utilizes Ergotron WorkFit Workstations

BBC_ChesterUThe pilot, “Cardiovascular and metabolic benefits of standing desk work”, conducting by researchers from the University of Chester, UK, was recently published in the BMJ Group’s (British Medical Journal) Occupational & Environmental Medicine Journal.

This Infographic highlights the results of a pilot study conducted by researchers as they evaluated changes in energy expenditure and metabolism among urban office workers when sitting versus standing throughout a work day.

According to researcher Dr. John Buckley, “Our study showed that when the participants were standing, their hearts rates were quite a lot higher – on average about 10 beats per minute higher and that makes a difference of about 0.7 of a calorie per minute. If you want to put that into activity levels then that would be the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year – just by standing three or four hours in your day at work.” (Read the press release.)

The abstract on the BMJ concludes, “This is the first known ‘office-based’ study to provide CGM measures that add some of the needed mechanistic information to the existing evidence-base on why avoiding sedentary behaviour at work could lead to a reduced risk of cardiometabolic diseases.”

The results of the study (Ergotron WorkFit-D adjustable desks were deployed), were aired October 2013 in Episode 2 of the “Trust me I’m a Doctor” series on BBC Two Television in the UK.

 

Telemedicine: A practical solution to a global healthcare delivery problem

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When you think of telemedicine, what comes to mind? You’ve probably seen references to it if you have visited anyone on a hospital floor recently. Did you wonder:

  • Is it doctors talking to you from a distant location over “face time” on your iPhone? 
  • How about your home devices like electronic scales, temperature sensors and blood pressure monitoring devices phoning into your doctor your recent measurements?
  • Or maybe it’s all about a surgeon using some type of machine to perform surgery on you from hundreds, even thousands of miles away?
  • Maybe it’s a robot on wheels with some likeness of a talking head telling you to eat your peas and carrots, drink more water and always follow your doctor’s instructions for health happiness?

The fact is these are just a few examples of all the possible options for telemedicine application. So what is telemedicine?  It is not nearly as complicated as it may seem. There are a number of definitions but they all point to the same general idea: Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status.  Simple.

Telemedicine is not a separate medical specialty. In fact, products and services related to telemedicine are often part of a larger investment by health care institutions in either information technology or the delivery of clinical care.

In the near to mid-term, telemedicine technology offers one of the few ways of enabling healthcare personnel to meet the increased demand without unacceptable delays or other forms of de facto rationing. It is said to rest on three pillars:

  • Improved access between the patient and their care provider
  • Enhanced quality in the outcome of the patient’s care
  • Cost savings for the patient as well as for the care provider

As with any change on the healthcare spectrum, there will be some adjustment period by both the patient and their doctor as they negotiate long-distance versus in-the-room care. There is even some thought among experts that the emerging mobile and social media technologies will influence certain aspects of telemedicine, making it more attractive and cost-effective for patients and healthcare facilities alike, while opening up access to care in different locations. There will always be some care needs that can only be accomplished in person, in a location such as a doctor’s office, or medical center. In these cases telemedicine can be an adjunct in the process.

The good news for all is that case studies are showing positive patient outcomes from having experienced a telemedicine care encounter, with the benefits far outweighing the shortcomings for many clinical procedures including telestroke, telepsychology, and teledermatology to name a few. Researchers at UC Davis Children’s Hospital found telemedicine consults “significantly improved outcomes for patients treated in rural pediatric emergency departments that lack pediatric specialists” according to a report in Information Week

From Ergotron’s perspective, helping hospitals and patients interact in ways that support health, versus harm is key. Telemedicine, delivered and viewed on platforms that are adjustable to user requirements will ensure the most comfortable experience possible, no matter the application.

In a world of global healthcare delivery problems, telemedicine is emerging as a practical solution to some of the woes.

Own your space, own your life

UoChesterStudyHow big is your office? Is it a tiny cubical or a part of an open plan benching system? Do you have a dedicated desk or plop into any available chair? Are you working from the comfort of home or are you alone in a corner office with a million-dollar view?

Whatever your office size or configuration, the area within your control is actually quite small.  Full-time workers spend forty percent of their waking hours sitting within a space no larger than their own height. For the average person, if they spread their arms out to their side at shoulder height, that measurement would be about five and a half feet in diameter from fingertip to fingertip (nails not included).

If those numbers seem bleak, don’t despair. There is a way to make the most of every inch and every minute while you are at work. Just stand–with a sit-stand workstation.

Sure, the media has been full of reports about standing desks, sedentary behavior, and how regular exercise alone isn’t enough to keep us healthy; but a lot of people, employees and employers alike, seem to be missing the point. Not because they’re immune to the health risks of prolonged siting, but because they are reacting to assumptions that side-track them from the truth that they have become accustomed to an unnatural way of working and indeed, living.

Some comment that standing at a desk is nothing new; some bristle at having “one more thing to worry about,” while others delight in pointing out that standing too long is just as bad as sitting too long.

Well, yes.

But what’s that got to do with you?

Given everything that you know about how it feels to be stuck at a computer for hours on end, why wouldn’t you consider standing? Especially in light of an episode called “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor” which aired last Thursday, October 17 on BBC Two television in the UK. The study, conducted by Dr. John Buckley at the University of Chester was built upon previous findings indicating that:

  1. Prolonged sitting causes damage to joints which can lead to inflammation, stress and chronic pain
  2. Prolonged sitting can lead to cardio-metabolic disease
  3. Sit-stand computer workstations have been proven by scientific research to be both feasible and effective at reducing sitting time in a work setting.

The BBC/University of Chester researchers found that both heart rate and energy expenditure were raised significantly by standing work. They speculate that over the course of a year’s work, if workers stood for three to four hours per day doing desk work, it would equate to an additional energy expenditure of 25,000 kcal (about 7lbs or 3 kg of human fat)!

Subjective evaluations found that 8 of 10 workers were very willing to stand doing work as long as they could have breaks and do some work sitting.

No least of all, the UK researchers stated that the simple act of performing desk work, while standing for greater than three hours after lunch, helps to lower blood glucose more quickly back down to normal levels.

The research is in…standing at the computer is both feasible healthier than sitting on its own. And the ability to modify your work surface height, depending on how you feel and the type of task you are doing gives you “decision latitude,” which in itself, is known to improve attitude and consequently, productivity.

Your office may be large or small, near to home or far away. With a sit-stand workstation, it doesn’t matter because you’re in charge. Own your work space. Own your life!

CarrieSchmitzCarrie Schmitz
Ergonomics & Wellness Research Manager @ Ergotron
@giveafig

 

 

 

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