The Toughbook H1 was created by Panasonic at the end of 2008. Very much alive and kicking, this Medical Clinical Assistant device or MCA, is a sturdy bedside point of care computer for hospitals.
The device features Intel's Atom processor, which requires no external ventilation,
no fan, and a completely watertight case. You could probably dump it in a bucket
of water. Whilst not recommended, the computer would almost certainly keep working.
It possesses a grip moulded into the case itself, on top, for easy carrying
and is as lightweight as possible. It also has a secondary grip on the back,
to support your hand whilst you hold it - hold the main grip and the socondary,
spongy grip rests against the back of your palm. This design feature greatly
It has all the features expected of a modern MCA: integrated 2.0 megapixel auto-focus
camera on the rear to photograph the illness or injury, integrated keyboard
in the touchscreen, bluetooth connectivity to medical devices, integrated active
RFID to identify patients and medical staff, as well as medications and equipment.
Integrated barcode reader for inventory and stocktaking.
A Panasonic-designed software utility can be programmed to remind users to wipe
the unit down at defined intervals. The utility automatically records a successful
cleaning for the hospital's permanent records.
The H1 is MIL-STD-810F tested and is capable of withstanding three foot drops
- similar to the height of a patient's bed - while operational. It can also
take the punishment of being trod on, or a bed rolled over it, as long as the
screen side is down.
The sealed unit is IP54 compliant for water-, rain- and dust-resistance and
can easily handle being repeatedly sprayed and wiped with disinfectant.
Windows Vista Business / Windows XP
Intel Atom 1.86GHz processor with 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache