Motion Computing just launched their newest product: the Motion C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant. This 10.4-inch, 3.1-pound handheld runs either Windows Vista Business or XP Tablet Edition on an 1.2 GHz Intel Core Solo processor and the Intel 945 GSM integrated graphics. Motion worked with thousands of medical clinicians to devise the C5 device, and you can tell based on the medical complements:
- integrated RFID and barcode reader for patient identification, supply, specimen and medication administration
- built in camera
- included fingerprint reader for security and authentication
- epidemiology recommended smooth surfaces to repel pathogens and for easily disinfecting
- Hardware accelerometer, shock-mounted hard drive and magnesium-alloy internal frame
- 3-hour Lithium-Ion battery; warm-swappable
- Docking station with three tilt angles (15-, 25- and 38-degrees)
- Optional View Anywhere screen
Full press release and additional pics follow; based on what I’ve seen so far, I’d love to see my physicians carrying this over the clipboards they have now. Watch for the C5 to ship in May at a starting price of $2,199.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2007 – Motion Computing®, a leader in ultramobile computing and
wireless communications, today announced its new C5 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) at UCSF
Medical Center during a joint conference with Intel. The MCA is a new computing category, created by
Intel with support from Motion to enable nurses, physicians and other clinicians to do their jobs on the
The Motion C5, the first product in the MCA category, integrates durable design elements
with key point-of-care data and image capture technologies to simplify workflows, ease clinician
workloads and improve overall quality of care. Designed based on input from thousands of clinicians
worldwide, the C5 brings reliable, automated patient data management directly to the point of
care. Intel and Motion conducted extensive user level, ethnographic, human factors, time/motion and
clinical workflow research. This research resulted in clear requirements for a purpose-built mobile
This collaborative effort resulted in development of the Motion C5 – designed with and for
clinicians – that is now being implemented in clinician usability studies worldwide. The C5 is the first
highly sealed, fully disinfectable computer to integrate into one durable device the relevant technologies
important to clinician workflow and productivity. The C5 combines multiple devices into one –
including a built-in barcode and RFID reader for patient identification and supply, specimen and
medication administration verification; a built-in camera; and a fingerprint reader to improve security
and simplify clinician authentication.
“The Motion C5 and Intel’s MCA category are the outcomes of unprecedented research
collaboration with clinicians, healthcare departmental leaders and our software development partners,”
said Scott Eckert, CEO of Motion. “The C5 is a great example of what we do best – working with
clients and end users on product development direction to innovate around the right technologies,
features and ergonomic design. But it’s not just about the product; it’s about a greater infrastructure and
incorporation of wireless and point-of-care software applications that will make integrating the C5 into
a healthcare setting truly outcome-driven and sufficiently ground-breaking in changing the way people
deliver and experience healthcare.”
“About 18 months ago, we started with an idea to develop a product that helped nurses spend
more time with patients,” said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO. “We used a series of early
reference designs to get feedback in clinical settings around the world. Motion Computing innovated on
top of this reference design to deliver a very compelling solution for nurses.”
Health Systems Worldwide Study and Document C5 Usage and Results
Motion and Intel are working with leading hospitals worldwide that have enrolled in
Motion’s Clinician Usability Study Program. This program uses a systematic methodology for
identifying workflow requirements and usability risks and, following the introduction of point-of-care
technologies, documenting clinician usability experiences and measuring C5-related process
improvements. This work is being done in close collaboration with leading clinical information system
As part of Motion’s Clinician Usability Study Program, nurses working in Alegent
Health’s Lakeside Hospital use a combination of technologies from Siemens Medical Solutions and
Motion to manage the administration of medications.
“The Motion C5 shows incredible promise for increasing both productivity and efficiency,
allowing our clinicians to provide a greater level of care at the patient’s bedside,” said Wayne A.
Sensor, CEO of Alegent Health. “We are committed to revolutionizing the quality of our health care
through world-class leadership and innovations such as the C5, knowing that this is how we
meaningfully enrich the lives of the families and communities we serve.”
Later in 2007, Alegent, Siemens, Motion and Intel plan to publish a comprehensive study of
clinical workflow and business process improvements attributable to this collaborative partnership.
University of California San Francisco Medical Center
UCSF, a leader in medical research and healthcare delivery, announced preliminary results
from its usage study of the Motion C5 with GE’s Centricity Enterprise application and GE Dinamap
vitals-monitoring devices. The UCSF usage study’s objectives were to assess improvements in clinician
productivity by enabling mobile point of care documentation while eliminating duplicate tasks, and
increases in nurse satisfaction ratings and time with patients. Preliminary data recorded indicates a
substantial improvement in nurse productivity, satisfaction and clinical documentation accuracy with a
corresponding reduction in documentation delays and required clinician logons.
“Information management is a vital part of safe and effective health care. UCSF Medical
Center’s collaboration with Intel, General Electric and Motion Computing has brought together experts
from business and medicine to develop the most innovative products in medical informatics today. We
are confident our efforts will help clinicians better serve patients and will advance the art of medicine
worldwide,” said Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center.
UCSF clinicians, infection control experts, IT administrators and clinical care leaders have
provided Motion with input over the last two years that has been incorporated into the ground-up design
of the C5 MCA. UCSF Home Health Care has also implemented Motion tablet PCs running
McKesson’s Horizon Homecare software.
“Our clinical staff found the Motion devices easy to use and that it fits smoothly into their
workflow in patients’ homes” said Joan Spicer, PhD, RN, MBA, Director of UCSF Home Health Care.
“McKesson’s efforts to optimize their software for this platform in concert with the Motion hardware
design have resulted in a solution that is readily adopted by home care clinicians.”
U.K. National Health Service
Working together with Intel and iSOFT, a leading software firm with 8,000 healthcare clients
in 27 countries, the NHS has been conducting clinician usability and field trials with Motion’s C5 and
will be announcing the results of that study with Intel and Motion in London on Wednesday, February
In addition to Alegent, UCSF and NHS, nearly forty (40) leading health enterprises have
enrolled to participate in the Motion Clinician Usability Study Program. Some examples of these
include: The Chester County Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Omaha, Evanston Northwestern
Healthcare, Meriter Health Services, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Springfield Clinic, St.
Elizabeth’s Health Care, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Susquehanna Health and the U.S.
Department of Defense Military Health System.
“Often in the past, the clinician adoption rate and economic benefit assumptions used to
justify clinical information technology purchases have not been realized. To reduce human error and
latency while improving the data integrity required for quality decision-making in clinical settings,
clinicians must access real-time patient information at the point of care. Motion’s C5 MCA is a
purpose-built tool for clinicians, uniquely designed with support from leading clinical software
application partners using an approach that offers clinicians a real opportunity to create breakthrough
improvements in clinical processes, patient service levels and efficiency – bringing actual practice closer
to the promise of point-of-care documentation,” said Joel French, vice president of Motion Computing
and general manager of its Healthcare Business Group.
Leading Clinical Information System Providers Drive Innovation
Motion Computing has long partnered with leading software and hardware vendors focused
on developing products to serve the needs of clinicians in inpatient hospitals, home health care and
outpatient clinical environments. Motion’s partnership with Intel is designed to equip and support
leading clinical information system vendors in adapting their applications to the functionality and
technologies of the C5. EMR implementations have been only moderately successful in the past
because independent vendors of hardware, software and infrastructure did not collaborate early enough.
Healthcare organizations and clinician users were then left to integrate isolated point technologies within
their workflow and facility constraints.
In close collaboration with many of the world’s leading clinical system developers, Motion
and Intel are enabling partners to take advantage of the Motion C5 MCA. Some of the companies that
have demonstrated significant thought and technology leadership by enabling their applications and their
diagnostic devices to exploit its unique features on behalf of their clients and clinician users
include: Allscripts, Cardinal Health, Cerner Corporation, Epic Systems Corporation, Eclipsys
Corporation, GE Healthcare, iSOFT, McKesson, Siemens Medical Systems Corporation and Welch
Allyn. According to HIMSS Analytics, these leading solution providers account for approximately
seventy (70) percent of the clinical information system installations used by hospitals in the United
Many of these leading organizations will be showcasing and demonstrating their solutions on
the Motion C5 at the 2007 Healthcare Information Management and System Society (HIMSS) Annual
Conference February 25-29, 2007, in New Orleans.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Motion included in its C5 design input from several of the foremost epidemiology experts to
create an industrial design with smooth surfaces and an absence of ports and recesses that might
otherwise become reservoirs for pathogens.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospital-acquired infections
affect more than 2 million American patients, resulting annually in 90,000 deaths and incremental
healthcare costs estimated to exceed $5 billion.
The Motion C5 starts at $2,199. It will ship worldwide in May 2007.
About Motion Computing
Motion Computing is a mobile computing and wireless communications leader, combining world-class
innovation and industry experience so professionals in vertical industries such as healthcare, field
sales/service, government and education can use computing technology in new ways and places.
Marketed through an experienced worldwide reseller network and directly through its Web site, each
Motion product is built to customer specifications. The company’s enhanced line of tablet PCs, mobile
clinical assistants and accessories are designed to increase productivity for on-the-go users while
providing portability, security, power and versatility. For more information, visit
HIMSS Booth Information: Many of the leading organizations listed in this announcement will
showcase and demonstrate their software solutions and Clinician Usability Study Program results related
to the Motion C5 at the 2007 Healthcare Information Management and System Society Annual
Conference February 25-29 in New Orleans. For a comprehensive list of these partners and booths in
which to see operational C5 products at the show, please visit Motion’s booth: #5137.
About Alegent Health
Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based health care system in Nebraska and
southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,200
physicians on its medical staff and roughly 8,500 employees. Alegent Health is making health care
better with an exceptional commitment to quality and by providing patient focused care for the body,
mind and spirit of every person consistent with its faith-based mission. Alegent Health continues the
health ministry begun by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems, more
than a hundred years ago. It is widely recognized as one of the first hospitals in the United States to
institute a true cost transparency program, My Cost, and also publishes the Alegent 20, a series of
clinical quality indicators that are used for both internal and external performance measures.
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About the UK National Health Service
The NHS was set up in 1948 and is now the largest organization in Europe comprising approximately
1,000,000 employees, and serving millions of patients annually. It has been recognized as one of the
best health services in the world by the World Health Organization.
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