Category Archives: Healthcare

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

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.