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Medical Laptops


What makes a laptop for Medical personal different from any other laptop?

To answer that question you need to explore some of the specific needs of those in the medical profession.

  • You need compatibility with 64 bit operating systems.  It is inconceivable that one would consider buying a new Medical laptop that did not run Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) without any limitations whatsoever. DNS Version 10.1 through Version 13 require your operating system and laptop to fully support 64 bit compatibility.
  • Quality and speed.  DNS is a complex program that requires very high performance components in virtually every section of your laptop to deliver satisfying speed and accuracy.  Doctors tell us that slow response times and poor accuracy are invariably their biggest annoyance when using voice recognition systems for clinical work. It is fact that if the voice recognition system is not competitive with standard dictation using a recorder and a human transcriptionist, Physicians will most likely reject it.  In order to achieve usable, satisfying performance from DNS, you are going to have to have a laptop that has a very high level of "Computing Power” that can keep up with normal speech rates, be operated at the maximum accuracy settings, and be done processing your last phrase before you are ready to speak the next one.  You will probably not tolerate the annoying, time consuming pauses needed by DNS running on a slow computer while you are waiting to dictate your next sentence.  Physicians waste enough time because of the EMR. There is no reason to waste more time on the EMR because you didn’t buy an adequate laptop computer.  If your laptop is a mass marketed consumer grade machine, it almost certainly means that you will almost certainly get unacceptable performance from that laptop in a real-life setting of clinical medicine using an EMR and DNS.  Ultra high performance from a laptop is the result of much more than just a fast processor, it is the result of matching high quality components such as the processor, processor cache characteristics, random access memory (RAM), motherboard chipset, solid state disk drives, video/audio circuitry and other components to optimize the task at hand, in this case, voice recognition. 
  • M-Tech laptops use components that are "the cream of the crop”, painstakingly selected for performance and reliability and matched to optimize the performance of DNS while simultaneously running your EMR and almost anything else you want to run
  • Sound card quality and port output variety.  M-Tech laptops have at a minimum four external USB 2.0/3.0 ports, standard microphone and headphone ports, "line in” inputs, as well as an optical digital audio input associated with the highest level of internal soundcard quality found on any laptop today.  You need only use a high quality USB microphone/headset plugged directly into one of your USB Ports.  Of course, because of the multiple USB 3.0/2.0 ports and other audio input options, your choices of  standalone microphone systems or external sound cards are never limited by our machine, but a high quality USB microphone is more than adequate.  For technical reasons, a USB microphone is preferred anyway. Call us if you have questions on this. Knowbrainer.com (www.knowbrainer.com), the leading reseller of DNS has extensively reviewed our systems and has stated that while their standard recommendation for most laptop owners is to upgrade to an external sound card, M-Tech laptops are the only laptops that Knowbrainer has identified where an upgraded sound card does not improve the performance of DNS..
  • An unlimited number of options for maximum system RAM, Multiple drives, and drive varieties, e.g., mSATA, SSD, and HDD.  We can put an astounding two terabytes (2 TB) of storage in many of our laptops, more data than most Physicians will create in their lifetime. This is perfect for the Physician who creates a large amount of video content, known for taking huge amounts of disk space, but when you have 2 TB of storage, who cares?.  All the latest versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking including DNS 12 and the new DNS 13, run on all recent M-Tech laptops.  However, call and ask what changes we might suggest for your new laptop to get the best performance for your individual situation.  You can count on us giving you an honest recommendation regarding your needs. We create laptops used by Intel, Apple, Motorola engineers, aerospace engineers, etc., that far exceed the needs of almost any physician, and we will be happy to sell you one if you insist, but you don’t need it. We will not try to sell you more than you need, even though we have those machines to sell.  We find that most doctors are using a single laptop for their Electronic Medical Record (EMR), DNS, and any other essential programs.  You're going to need to use DNS with your EMR, while at the same time, running all of the other programs you need to run while working, e.g., a thin client to view MRI’s on your hospital’s Radiology system, Hospital laboratory results, Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, etc.. Your M-Tech, properly configured, will do just that.  We find that, one way or another, a native copy of DNS running resident on your laptop will interface in an acceptable fashion with almost any other program running on your computer that takes text input. Comments from our medical users would indicate that the server-based version of DNS employed in some hospitals and large clinics does not function as well as a native copy of DNS running resident on your laptop.  (It should be noted that Dragon NaturallySpeaking may not integrate into your EMR software as well as it does into Microsoft Word. Call us for suggestions.).  Check Nuances website for list of the completely/highly compatible programs. Due to modifications of DNS or the programs, the list may not be up to date, and your program might be more compatible than indicated.).  If you have questions regarding this, please give us a call.
  • Cutting corners on laptop performance and configurability will diminish the chances of DNS functioning well with DNS and your EMR, now, and probably even more in the future. M-Tech offers a variety of CPU choices that allows us to tweak our super-fast laptop computers to simultaneously run far more programs with speed and accuracy. We offer maximum system RAM capacity and expanded drive configurability, make it highly unlikely that your M-Tech computer will ever be a limiting factor in your setup. If you have previously been using mass marketed brand-name computers, no doubt you have likely experienced the frustration of just how limited your laptops performance with DNS is when running alone, let alone with other complex programs such as the EMR and a Radiology viewing program running at the same time. Remember, a low power machine will run DNS accurately, just very slowly, so DNS vendors will tell you that your machine is adequate to use DNS, which is a half-truth in the medical setting. What they don’t tell you is that you are going to spend most of your time watching the computer screen while waiting for DNS to perform its tasks.  Our Medical advisors tell us that almost every EMR program in existence has a long way to go, is a huge source of frustration for all Physicians.  With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making frequent changes to EMR requirements, no one knows exactly what to plan for in the next several years from an Information Technology (IT) standpoint. Whatever happens with the EMR over the next few years, rest assured that it is almost certain that your M-Tech laptop will meet the challenge of running whatever software is available and necessary in the future! We pride ourselves on the fact that we equip our machines proactively so that we can take advantages of advances in technology than may occur in the future. We had SATA III drive headers in our machines far in advance of the availability of SATA III hard drives, so that when SATA III drives finally became available, all our customers had to do was replace their SATA II drive with a SATA III drive, more than doubling effective drive speed. Almost all users of older computers of other brands had to replace their entire computer to take advantage of the SATA III drives, but not our customers!   Why is the freedom to use almost any storage drive in our machines important? The ability to use  ultra-fast solid state drive as the primary drives (as opposed to the older and slower mechanical hard disk drives) gives DNS the faster response time it needs and having the ability to have multiple drives allows the EMR to run on another drive, while its data is being accessed saved or manipulated on yet another drive. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with mechanical hard drives, and for some uses they are adequate, have more storage capacity, and are usually much cheaper, albeit slower. A proper CPU/RAM/Drive configuration on a high quality motherboard brings together all the vital elements you need to convert a laptop computer into a valuable medical practice tool. Don't ask any generically built laptop to manage these programs, instead, allow M-tech to build you a high quality, precision tool to assist you in your medical practice that should be good for years to come.


 


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