Panasonic's rugged Toughbook H2 features military-grade durability to survive drops and resist contamination from water and dust while providing easy portability for clinicians in hospitals.
has introduced a new rugged handheld tablet, the Toughbook H2, for first
responders, hospital clinicians and field workers.
Panasonic Solutions is the division of Panasonic for government and
This latest Toughbook features a second-generation Intel Core i5-2557M vPro
processor, which operates at 1.7GHz (with Turbo Boost, up to 2.7GHz) to deliver
improved processing speed and enhanced device management, according to
"The Toughbook H2 is an ideal device for health care
environments," Kyp Walls, director of product management for Panasonic
Solutions, wrote in an email to eWEEK. "The [unit] will help to maximize
workflow and ease clinical loads for doctors and nurses, allowing them to
access patient records at the point of care and document a patient's condition
in real time."
In hospitals and doctor's offices, a software utility included with the unit
can provide reminders to wipe down the tablet at certain time intervals. In
addition, the unit lacks a fan, a measure that can prevent germs from spreading
from patient to patient, Walls noted.
A barcode reader can track medication use, a feature called BCMA (barcode
medication administration). The tablet also captures vital patient information
as well as retrieves and displays EHRs (electronic health records).
For outdoor workers, the unit's 10.1-inch display incorporates Panasonic's
TransflectivePlus, a technology that reflects sunlight and uses it as a
A circular polarizer as well as anti-glare and anti-reflective screen
treatments allow for easier outdoor viewing for construction workers and first
responders. The sun actually enhances the viewability of the screen, according
Users can input data on the dual-touch display using finger or stylus. The
stylus allows for signature capture in industries such as health care or
Unlike the Android model for business road warriors announced on June 16 to compete
against the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook
, the Toughbook H2 runs Windows 7.
The unit comes with 4GB of RAM, which is expandable to 8GB. A 128GB solid-state
drive is an option, but the unit comes standard with a 320GB hard drive.
Announced on July 12, the 3.5-pound Toughbook H2 delivers 6.5 hours of
battery life, and with twin hot-swappable batteries users can work for
unlimited periods of time, according to Panasonic. To extend battery life, an
ambient light sensor on the screen turns off the backlight when it senses
sunlight. It charges 40 percent faster than its H1 predecessor, Walls said.
The Toughbook H2 costs around $3,449 and will be available by the end of
Panasonic recently upgraded the features on a couple of other models, the Toughbook
convertible tablet and the Toughbook C1 tablet with up to 12 hours of
Like many rugged mobile devices, the Toughbook H2 meets military standards
on durability. It can survive 6-foot drops to hard surfaces as well as exposure
to dust and sprayed water. In addition, the unit can withstand temperatures of
-20 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wireless connectivity includes WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, RFID, 4G and 3G. It
integrates a Qualcomm Gobi2000 3G mobile broadband antenna.
A biometric fingerprint scanner is optional.