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Australia’s largest provider of home nursing picks

  • 14 May, 2009 14:00

<p><strong>Sydney Australia</strong> - <strong>May 14, 2009</strong> – When
Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) - Australia’s largest provider of
home nursing and healthcare services, decided that it was time to upgrade their
existing fleet of aging Tablets PCs and notebooks, their selection criteria was
rigorous. The challenge was to equip over 1,000 nurses with new notebooks that
are more reliable, more responsive and offer longer battery life with stable wireless
connectivity. Considering that the notebook is a nurse’s most important
piece of technology used to access, update and keep a patient’s record safely,
these criteria are especially essential.<br/>
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With the above objectives in mind, a request for Tender was released in June 2006.
Considerations for the Tender include the supply of devices, service integration,
ongoing support and decommissioning of existingdevices in which all submitted
Tenders were then evaluated and shortlisted by a technical evaluation team. Shortlisted
devices were then further reviewed by field nursing staff. With such rigorous
selection process, Fujitsu PC is proud to announce that the LifeBook T4215 was
selected to offer its computing expertise for Australia’s largest home nursing
provider.<br/>
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The contract was executed in December 2006 with the commencement of the deployment
phase in January 2007 and concluded in June 2007 - on time and under budget!<br/>
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"Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) needed a Tablet PC that was reliable
and would capably serve as our nurses' tool of trade. The Fujitsu LifeBook is
highly regarded and has been well accepted as good technology. It has assisted
our nurses in providing care to clients and is taking our organisation into the
future with confidence." Ian Cash, General Manager, Information Services,
RDNS.<br/>
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1. How does RDNS use the Fujitsu LifeBook</strong><br/>
RDNS made a long term commitment to leverage on mobile computing technology to
improve the service standard and healthcare consultancy level for thousands of
patients every year.<br/>
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The collection, storage and management of patients’ records which are particularly
sensitive and confidential, have always been of significant importance to RDNS.
Traditionally, this information was managed using hard copies and documented forms
which resulted in massive paperwork and proved to be time consuming and also duplicate
work processes.<br/>
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In addition, considering the mobile nature of RDNS’ business, the sheer
volume of clients’ visits and the geographical spread across twenty sites,
accurate collection and management of information must be made efficient for both
nurses and administrative staff.<br/>
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<strong>2. Why did RDNS choose the Fujitsu LifeBook T4215</strong><br/>
Fujitsu LifeBook T4215 - the notebook that not only improves efficiency in data
collection, its 6 levels security function also ensures data integrity and confidentiality
of patient’s information. Featuring the following security functions - PC
BIOS Lock, 2-password Hard Disk Lock, LifeBook Lock, Antitheft Lock Slot, Dedicated
Smartcard 5 slot, Fingerprint Sensor and Trusted Platform Module (TPM), these
address RDNS’ concerns over data confidentiality.<br/>
Moreover, with its unique swivel screen that allows the flexibility of converting
the LifeBook T4215 to a Tablet PC, this added capability will enable nurses on-site
to collect information effectively without the need for a desk.<br/>
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During the Tender process, RDNS undertook field trials to select a suitable device
that is responsive, has good wireless network reception, demonstrates high performance,
has long battery life, is reliable and robust. The Fujitsu LifeBook T4215 met
these essential criteria and was ultimately selected by RDNS. <br/>
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<strong>2.1 What are the selection criteria?</strong><br/>
a. Responsiveness: Logon speed, Mobile Computer Device (MCD) responsiveness to
tasks, connectivity to wireless LAN on return to centre, in and out of hibernation<br/>
b. CDMA: Connectivity, signal reception<br/>
c. Battery: Usage duration of standard battery, battery changeover process,battery
life with CDMA connectivity<br/>
d. Weight: With standard battery<br/>
e. Screen Brightness: Both indoor and outdoor<br/>
f. Pen: Performance and usability<br/>
g. Robustness: Screen swivel, overall MCD usability<br/>
h. ‘On the Road’ Usability: Ease of transportation, suitability for
use within vehicles<br/>
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<strong>2.2 Field trials with Fujitsu LifeBook T4215</strong><br/>
A number of field evaluations as well as bench tests were conducted. The graph
below shows the comparative scores of each device. The orange bar represents the
field test scores of the Fujitsu LifeBook T4215 Tablet PC. The green and blue
bars represent the field test scores of other short listed devices.<br/>
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In preparing for the extended field trial and bench testing, specific criteria
were developed and sophisticated performance measuring tools were sourced. RDNS
Information Services engineers accompanied field nursing staff to conduct technical
as well as functional tests in a parallel comparison of the devices. The results
of the field tests focused on technical, functional and services deliverables.
In addition, the quality of the MCD Refresh Programme was also considered.<br/>
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Again, Fujitsu PC is delighted that the LifeBook T4215 met these essential criteria
and was awarded the tender!<br/>
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<strong>More about RDNS</strong><br/>
Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) of Victoria is the largest and oldest provider
of home nursing and healthcare services in Australia. Grounded in the principles
of care and compassion, RDNS is a non-profit organisation, delivering nursing
care to patients in their homes, schools and workplaces.<br/>
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RDNS provides comprehensive, professional nursing and healthcare services anytime
- meeting patient’s individual needs and contributing to their quality of
life and independence.<br/>
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RDNS services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
General and specialised nursing and healthcare is provided with the dual objective
of improving a person's health status whilst enabling them to enjoy the benefits
of remaining at home.<br/>
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In any year, more than 1,000 nurses and health staff contribute and deliver in
excess of 500,000 hours of direct care, with 1.5 million visits conducted across
the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Mornington Peninsula.<br/>
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RDNS is also at the forefront of developing innovative home healthcare programs
to further enhance existing high standards of services.<br/>
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<strong>More about Fujitsu and LifeBook T Series</strong><br/>
Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Ltd is the Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters for PC business
of Fujitsu Limited, Japan. Its responsibilities include the marketing and sales
of a wide range of personal computers for the corporate and end-user markets in
the Asia Pacific.<br/>
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Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific pledges “Built-in Confidence” for every product
under its brand name to reassure users of product and service excellence. From
high performance components to stringent quality control and professional after-sales
service, Fujitsu stands for reliability and satisfaction.<br/>
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The LifeBook T Series enables greater efficiency on-the-go and paves a new way
of optimising mobile computing for working professionals. Features include a bi-directional
hinge screen that allows the notebook to be converted into a Tablet PC; this range
offers all the flexibility and power you desire.<br/>
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<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au </a></p>
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