The C5 is a mobile clinical assistant (MCA) computer based on Intel Corp.'s Centrino wireless notebook platform and Core Solo processor. The three-pound computer runs Microsoft Corp.'s Vista or XP operating system and has built-in 802.11 wireless connectivity. It has five features added specifically for the medical market: it is disinfectable and rugged, and has a barcode scanner, a digital camera and an RFID (radio frequency identification) reader for user log-on.
It is believed this will allow doctors, and nurses to do less paperwork, see more patients and make fewer errors. The researchers spent 18 months interviewing hospital staff as they tested prototypes. They would be able to for instance, match the barcode on a patients wrist strap to her medication.
Just with the amount of time that this will add to doctors visiting with patients, I think it could be an invaluable tool. Sort of a mobile nurse in it's own right. This is very fascinating. I hope to find out more about it.