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Next Generation Mobile Technology Meets Needs of the Healthcare Market Today

Düsseldorf, Germany (November 18, 2009) – Panasonic has upgraded its mobile clinical assistant (MCA) device with an optional integrated smartcard reader in response to demands from the healthcare market. Nurses and physicians can simply insert their smartcard to securely sign-on to the CF-H1 Mk2 device for recording and accessing patient information at the point of care or whilst on the move.

The CF-H1 Mk2 now has the option for both a contact smartcard function or a proximity (or contactless) function, making it ideal for organizations looking to migrate from contact to contactless sign-on in the future.

Designed specifically for clinicians, the CF-H1 MCA is based on the Intel® mobile clinical assistant reference platform and uses the Intel® Atom™ processor. The CF-H1 is a lightweight, water-resistant, shock and drop-tolerant and easily disinfected mobile computing device that meets the highest demands for mobility and networking within clinical environments. It allows doctors and nursing staff to benefit from instant access to medical records at the point of care, accurate documentation on patient conditions and medication, and enables greater efficiency of clinical processes.

Jon Tucker, Product Head, Panasonic Computer Products Europe (PCPE), said, “Listening to our customers, it was clear that the adoption of proximity card readers across the healthcare industry had been slower than initially expected. As a result, customers were requesting an integrated smartcard reader in the CF-H1 to allow them to take advantage of the latest in healthcare mobile technology today. We have quickly responded to their needs.”

Using Panasonic’s advanced battery technology and a low-power Intel® Atom™ processor, the CF-H1 offers a category-leading six hours of battery life, complemented by dual hot-swappable batteries that deliver extended life, allowing non-stop computing while on the move virtually eliminating down time during shifts.

Commenting on Panasonic’s latest upgrade in the healthcare market, Louis Burns, Vice President and General Manager, Intel’s Digital Health Group, said, “Intel’s research with healthcare professionals and commitment to improving quality of care for patients ultimately led to the development of the mobile clinical assistant reference platform. We are pleased to see that clinician use and feedback is leading to further innovation of the MCA. Panasonic’s new CF-H1 MCA, integrating a contact smartcard reader, will help expand the ability of clinicians to streamline their workflow and access patient information at the point of care. Intel is committed to collaborating with companies such as Panasonic to help enable high-quality and efficient healthcare.”

Working closely with existing customers within the healthcare market, Panasonic has created a device that is ‘designed by clinicians for clinicians’. With its light weight, Approx 1.5 kg design, low surface heat, comfortable- to-use integrated hand strap and conveniently placed barcode reader, the CF-H1 offers enhanced ergonomics over other MCA devices.

The CF-H1 has also been designed for easy disinfection, reducing the risk of infections being spread from patient to patient. The first MCA to offer a fanless design – limiting the opportunity for germs to be transported by the device –features a smooth surface with sealed buttons, a gapless LCD screen and no exposed ports. Panasonic developed a special exterior case material which can withstand frequent alcohol wipes. To further aid in disinfection, a Panasonic-designed software utility can be programmed to remind users to wipe the unit down at defined intervals and automatically records a successful cleaning for the hospital’s permanent records.

The rugged CF-H1 is capable of withstanding 90 cm drops, similar to the height of a patient’s bed, while operational, plus additional working conditions such as vibration, humidity, altitude, temperature extremes and thermal shock. The sealed unit is IP54 compliant for water-, rain- and dust-resistance and can easily handle being repeatedly sprayed and wiped with disinfectant.

The Toughbook CF-H1 also can help to reduce medication administration errors while helping nurses and physicians to deliver faster and safer care. The new CF-H1 is a secure and intuitive platform for barcode medication administration (BCMA), vitals capture and electronic medical records (EMR) capture and review – all at the point of care.

To meet the needs for mobility within many healthcare organizations, the CF-H1 offers a range of embedded wireless options, including 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth® 2.1. The device can also be equipped with Qualcomm’s new Gobi™ technology, offering up to 7.2 Mbps mobile data links and simplifying complex multi-carrier wireless deployments for IT departments. The CF-H1 also comes with optional, GPS technology allowing for location awareness with improved accuracy, faster satellite acquisition time and lower power consumption.

The Toughbook CF-H1 redefines performance and functionality for the MCA category with six hours battery life, dual hot–swappable batteries, standard daylight viewable screen and integrated Gobi™ technology in a sealed and easily-disinfected package.

Panasonic Toughbook CF-H1: Select Features and Specifications

• Windows 7 Professional downgradable to Windows XP Tablet with SP3
• Intel® Atom™ processor (1.86GHz) Z540 with 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache
• 2GB standard RAM configuration
• 80 GB 1.8-inch shock mounted removable hard drive / 64GB Solid State Drive (contact smartcard reader model
• 10.4” XGA sunlight viewable 500 nit Dual Touch LCD screen (1024 x 768 resolution)
• Integrated 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights
• Fingerprint reader
• Contactless smartcard reader
• RFID reader
• Fully rugged
o IP54 compliant
o 90 cm drop tested
o Alcohol wipe resistant chassis
o Sealed all-weather design
o Rain-, spill-, dust- and vibration-resistant
• Intel® WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/n
• Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR
• Integrated docking connector
• Integrated options:
o Contact smartcard reader
o Optional integrated Gobi™-enabled HSPA 7.2 Mbps 3G Mobile Broadband
o Global positioning system (GPS) receiver
o 2D barcode reader (also reads 1D barcodes)
• 6 hours battery life
• Hot-swappable batteries
• Approx. 1.5 kg (with batteries)
• 264mm (W) x 268mm (H) x 34mm – 58mm (D)

Further details on the Panasonic Toughbook range can be found at http://www.toughbook.eu
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