Health Care IT: Rugged Mobile Devices Aid Public Safety Personnel, Field Service Workers

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2012-06-26 Print this article Print
DLI 7200 Rugged PDA

DLI 7200 Rugged PDA

On June 12, DLI introduced its 7200 Rugged PDA offering point-of-service applications for fixed station terminals. It can withstand 4-foot drops to concrete and holds an Ingress Protection (IP) 54 rating for exposure to dust and water.
In the line of duty, first responders rely on rugged mobile devices from companies such as DLI and Juniper Systems to collect data at the scene of emergencies and relay health data to a hospital ahead of patient arrival. Some of the latest models, like the DLI 9000 Rugged Mobile Tablet, include payment modules so that patients can take care of copayments at their bedsides. Many units like the Juniper Mesa Rugged Notepad have rubberized edges so the devices can survive falls to concrete surfaces. A company called Open makes an application programming interface called SafetyPad that runs on rugged devices, such as the Panasonic ToughBook, to send vital health data from an ambulance to a hospital. As the health care industry increasingly adopts mobile devices to track patient vital signs and keep first-responder vehicles and medical facilities connected, eWEEK takes a look at the latest products that are durable enough to withstand the harsh working environments at the scene of a wildfire, flood or accident.
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company,, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents,, USA Weekend and, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.

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