Dec 22 2020

Review: DT Research 301MD Rugged 2-in-1 Medical Tablet Offers Power, Portability

The device’s durability and reliability meet the needs for handheld devices in healthcare.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of technology in both improving patient care and mitigating the risks to healthcare professionals during public health emergencies. According to a recent McKinsey study, the healthcare sector is adopting new solutions at almost twice the rate of other industries since the start of the pandemic. 

Devices that are easy to clean, rugged and portable can facilitate a healthcare worker’s ability to administer virtual and in-person patient care, securely receive healthcare records and interpret results to drive better and safer outcomes for workers and patients. 

My recent review of the 301MD Rugged 2-in-1 medical tablet from DT Research observed these and other important features the moment we booted the device. The manufacturer has integrated a 10-inch capacitive touch screen with an Intel Core i7 processor that keeps the device running smoothly. Plus, the tablet’s trim size, light weight and durability make it well suited to meet the portability needs of healthcare workers. 

Designed to Meet Healthcare Standards and Clinical Challenges

From a health and safety perspective, the tablet’s medical-grade, anti-microbial enclosure controls infection and is UL60601-1 certified to ensure safety and essential performance in healthcare environments. Rugged design is another notable feature. The tablet has an IP65 enclosure rating for water and dust resistance and meets the MIL-STD-810G standard for shock and vibration durability. 

Measuring 7.8 by 11 inches, at just under an inch thick, the 301MD weighs only 3.1 pounds, so it’s easily portable. The lightweight tablet supports healthcare applications with an indoor and outdoor display capable of a crisp 1920x1200 resolution. 

With healthcare systems asking patients infected with COVID-19 to stay home unless they become increasingly sick, many patients are using wearable health solutions to better track their vital signs and monitor their progress. These wearable devices can send data to the 301MD, which handles healthcare applications that track such data, and many others, with ease.

As the pandemic and its numerous challenges continue to change the healthcare industry, technology solutions are playing an important role in mitigating the strain on healthcare systems. The 301MD, with its versatile, powerful and rugged toolset, can contribute to this trend.

DT Research 301MD Rugged 2-in-1

Sturdy design and clinical functionality make the DR Research 301MD Rugged 2-in-1 tablet suitable for a range of healthcare professionals.

Endless Possibilities for Strong Clinical Care

Healthcare professionals need the flexibility to care for patients in different environments. One of the most important features of the DT Research 301MD tablet is the versatility it offers to end users. For example, the tablet offers a variety of connectivity choices, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as optional 4G mobile broadband capability. 

This medical-grade device is also particularly effective when adapting to the changes in the healthcare landscape caused by COVID-19. It’s designed for mobility yet is powerful and durable enough to handle the fast-paced environment of a hospital. The 301MD’s rugged 2-in-1 design gives clinicians the flexibility to use it as a handheld, mount it on a medical cart, or supplement it with a docked keyboard. 

The tablet is compatible with hot-swappable battery packs that can support the continuous operation of the device, a feature that can be critical to effective patient care. Swappable batteries also help mitigate downtime, which hospitals and healthcare systems need to keep to an absolute minimum. 

The device’s programmable buttons add to the list of its Swiss Army knifelike capabilities. The unit comes with one power button and two brightness control buttons, and it has five other buttons that the user can program to perform different activities, such as launching commonly used applications or controlling specific features of the tablet. 

Among the 301MD’s other impressive features are the high-definition front-facing camera and the 8-megapixel rear camera, which let clinicians and staff switch easily from one view to another. This capability is particularly useful as the importance of telemedicine has grown during the pandemic.

The DT Research 301MD Rugged 2-in-1 Medical Tablet is designed to meet the demands of the healthcare environment. Tools such as this one can help clinicians in their mission to keep patients healthy as healthcare organizations combat COVID-19.