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LifeBot® Slate Preview: 1.5 pound tablet advanced mobile emergency telemedicine system

Posted Feb 01 2011 9:30am

LifeBot, LLC announced today a preview of the most powerful portable light-weight tablet for real-time management of critical patients located in remote emergency rooms, ambulances, satellite facilities or intensive care units. At only 1.5 pounds weight the LifeBot® Slate enables unprecedented portability and functionality in a mobile healthcare solution that brings high definition interactive voice and video communications that facilitate access to patients and physicians in real-time no matter where they are located. This system also allows for live transmission of critical patient physiological data using LifeBot® DREAMStm software developed with U.S. Army Materiel Command, Texas A&M, and UTHealth Science Center at Houston.

The LifeBot® Slate PC tablet (similar to, but smaller and more powerful than an Apple iPad) may be used to remotely connect to other LifeBot® DREAMStm systems including telemedicine carts and ambulances. This tablet is also based on Microsoft Windows 7, so it is accepted by DoD and meets most administrative compliance for use in large institutions The LifeBot® Slate absolutely revolutionizes speed of care by enabling any paramedic, neurologist, trauma surgeon, emergency medical specialist to obtain immediate telepresence or remote video, voice and data connections using a simple 1.5 pound portable battery operated PC computer tablet solution.

In an article titled, “ New device integrates digital data for EMS ” by Dan White, he comments, “The LifeBot® physical package is surprising ergonomic, and somehow intuitive. It feels natural, like grabbing the steering wheel of a car. The LifeBot® only weighs 1.5 pounds, and it is a little smaller form factor than an Apple I-Pad.” and, “LifeBot has the potential to redistribute hundreds if not thousands of man-hours. Instead of taking two minutes to talk through a patient report, which is typically incomplete, you could see everything almost instantly. On patients with less than critical injuries, this feature will save a lot of wasted time.”

In another article entitled, “ Interview: Roger Lee Heath´s LifeBot and Super Ambulances ” by Neil Versel, he commented, “In a Super Ambulance, paramedics wear cameras on their head and carry the LifeBot system on 1.5-pound HP slate computers. The touch screen allows remote physicians to draw “play-by-play” on the screen to help the EMT provide better care. Other cameras mounted in the ambulance can be controlled by physicians in the trauma center.”

Scientists at Texas A&M University, developers of the DREAMStm system, have tested the LifeBot® Slate and stated, “The Slate is a great platform! It seems to be a very good interface. It is a great platform for the DREAMStm application!”.

For those deploying interoperative emergency communications, the LifeBot® Slate platform may also be used with the LifeBot® Communications Controller. This enables the Slate to be carried as a portable wireless device to perform both radio and telephone communications, including UHF, VHF, 800 MHz, 700 MHz, P25 and broadband voice, video, and data. Mr. Heath, CEO of LifeBot®, indicated, “This is yet another revolutionary aspect of this system. It means EMS and emergency coordinators can carry all their communications throughout an Emergency Department in just one hand.”

LifeBot ® Slate Features and Benefits:

  • Utilizes a Hewlett-Packard Slate at just 1.5 pounds weight and 9.21 x 0.58 x 5.91 inches size integrating a 1.6GHz Pentium PC 2MB RAM and 64GB flash drive with video resolution of 8.9″ diagonal WSVGA wide-viewing angle touchscreen (1024 x 600 or 1024 x 768 for some applications).
  • Integrated 3 MP camera (outward facing); Integrated VGA webcam (inward facing) provides display of both patient and operator in field use. Also enables sending of individual high resolution still images.
  • Utilizes exclusive DREAMStm telemedicine system developed with U.S. Army Materiel Command and others, the most advanced in the world specifically designed for emergency and disaster systems deployments.
  • DREAMStm features include sending and receiving of live patient physiological data, live play-by-play screen color drawing and annotation, isolated video zoom to hi-res imaging, complete patient triage and medical record ePCR charting system, multiple cameras remote controls with management of resolution, panning, zooming, etc. It also may store all trended patient charting and physiological data in its on-board SQL database server.
  • Instant Messaging and Paging: Send instant messaging e-mail alerts and mass file or data distribution to hospitals or providers directly from private secure portal display.
  • Compatible with other DREAMStm powered LifeBot® systems including mobile telemedicine mobile carts, PC desktops and ambulance systems.
  • Also may be used for TeleStroke, TelePsychiatry, Teletrauma, Dermatology, Translation Services, Primary Care and Correctional Health Systems, Teletriage, and any General Telemedicine application.
  • Gobitm chipset assures reliable connectivity in more locations with the ability to utilize multiple cellular providers, e.g. local Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, LTE, Verizon, Sprint, etc.
  • PC based compatible with any Microsoft Windows 7 based telemedicine softwares for Radiology and Ultrasound.
  • Accepts all popular Windows 7 compatible examination cameras.
  • Options available for digital biometric readers, exam cameras, digital stethoscopes, otoscopes, and more. Multiple devices may be connected through the Slate docking station.
  • When utilized with the LifeBot® Communications Controller the LifeBot® Slate may also be used to wirelessly perform UHF, VHF, 800MHz, 700MHz, P25 radio and telephone communications.
  • Tested and approved for use with Odyssey Patient Teletriage software that may enhance triage efficiencies and substantially reduce errors and risks.
  • Upgrade path into future patented LifeBot® and DREAMStmapplications.
  • AES encryption for HIPPA compliancy.

LifeBot® CEO, Heath, indicated that the company is already quoting DREAMStm based systems, including the Slate, as a part of its product line. The company is now considering an invitation to exhibit these systems at the  HIMSS Meeting in Orlando next month.

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