Cybernet designs and manufactures a wide range of medical grade computers built for a variety of medical applications. Fanless designs, hot swap battery options and touch screen models are available.
A medical grade computer is a computer designed for hospital and healthcare settings. A medical grade computer has an antimicrobial housing that has been designed, tested and certified for near patient use, and complies with the medical standards and regulations in operational performance, reliability, patient safety, and ergonomic compatibility with medical equipment and EMR software.
Performance and reliability are achieved through the industrial grade components, rugged build that withstands disinfection & cleaning with chemical solutions, water- & dust-proof sealed bezel, a fanless design and passive cooling for sterile environments, advanced connectivity options, embedded readers/scanners (RFID, barcode, biometric, CAC, Smart Card) and an inbuilt backup battery.
Ergonomic compatibility is achieved through legacy ports, VESA mounting holes, advanced customization of hardware and software components, and embedded peripherals.
Safety and regulatory compliance of a medical grade computer are guaranteed by certifications such as ingress protection, electromagnetic compatibility and safety, radiation and electric hazards protection, interference from radio signals, MIL-STD (military standard set by DoD), HIPAA and HITECH data security and others.
The differences between medical grade computers and consumer PCs are in the quality of components, failure rates, performance, regulatory compliance, patient safety, embedded readers/scanners (Barcode, RFID, CAC, Smart Card, biometric), mounting ergonomics, compatibility, and the Total Cost of Ownership.
Medical grade computers are tested and certified to comply with stringent medical regulations for use in near-patient and/or sterile environments, while consumer PCs come with basic certifications only.
Medical PCs have antimicrobial housing and waterproof sealed front bezels that withstand disinfection and cleaning with harsh chemicals (often backed by a fanless design). A consumer PC housing propagates pathogens and cannot be cleaned with liquids; medical disinfecting and cleaning solutions tend to deteriorate a consumer PC's plastic casing.
A medical PC comes with MIL-STD components with higher thermal and performance ratings and is superior to that of a consumer PC because industrial grade components provide operational reliability 24/7 in intense medical environments for up to 5 years with < 2% failure rate, while a consumer PC has a 15-30% failure rate when used in healthcare. The EMI and EMC certifications of a medical grade computer are far better than a consumer grade PC. UL60601 standards as well as CB and IEC certifications are also a part of this superior technology.
The purchase price of a consumer PC is lower than that of a medical grade computer, but its TCO is higher when the lack of compatibility with legacy equipment and mounting options, nosocomial infections, high failure rates, deployment, maintenance, downtime, lifecycle and inbuilt obsolescence costs are taken into account, while the TCO of a medical grade PC is significantly lower.
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