Established in 2002, Batra Vision Medical Group is known for its innovative and advanced techniques in vision-correction procedures. The clinic augmented its existing desktop computers with the Toshiba Portégé® Z30t laptop. With more secure and mobile access to patient data, doctors and care teams were able to improve efficiency for better patient care while meeting regulatory requirements.
As one of the largest ophthalmology clinics in the East Bay region of California, Batra Vision Medical Group fosters patient education and engagement that advance vision correction procedures and help improve countless people’s lives. This culture of care extends beyond the clinical practice to administrative and operational procedures.
To keep up with demand, Batra Vision Medical Group used a variety of devices and accessories. “We have about 30 desktops running on Windows 8,” said Dr. Nicholas Batra, the chief surgeon and medical director of the group. “And I was using a MacBook® and an iPad® for portability.” In addition to the desktops, Batra Vision Medical Group used peripheral accessories, such as signature pads, to increase the security of their data and educate their patients on procedures.
Batra Vision Medical Group wanted to improve staff mobility by providing them portable devices to make day-today tasks, including patient monitoring and preparation, more efficient. With staff frequently moving around visiting patients, they needed something lightweight and secure.
Batra Vision Medical Group utilized the Toshiba Portégé® Z30t running Windows 10 Pro to enable the mobility and security the staff needed to efficiently and safely meet patients’ needs. The ultraportable solution allowed them to store, access and update patients’ vital signs and notes efficiently and more securely, while on the go.
In addition to administrative tasks, Batra Vision Medical Group used the Portégé® Z30t with Windows 10 Pro as a communication and education tool for patients. “There are great things that we’ll be able to do in the future, relating to biometric security, patient consent, scheduling and staff training,” says Dr. Batra.
By introducing the Portégé® Z30t laptop running Windows 10 Pro, Batra Vision Medical Group saw improvements in their internal workflow and the care they could provide their patients.
Due to strict US regulatory requirements in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, it is essential that patient data be kept safe. Windows® BitLocker® Drive Encryption, only included in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, provides data protection by encrypting all data stored on the hard drive. BitLocker® is designed to put everything on lockdown so no one else can access the data if the Portégé® Z30t is lost or stolen.
As part of Windows 10, Windows Hello is a biometric login, the fastest, most secure way to unlock a Windows® device and uses the fingerprint reader on the Portégé® Z30t. The rollout plan for Batra Vision, once the Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution supports diverse biometric readers, could be a combination of all the security capabilities Windows 10 Pro offers.
As a frequent speaker and lecturer at national medical meetings, Dr. Batra often prepares videos for his PowerPoint® presentations. The Portégé® Z30t contains all the necessary ports and connections essential to making presentations anywhere, including a VGA connector, Ethernet, full-size HDMI® port, SD card reader, three USB 3.0 ports and the Toshiba Hi-Speed Port Replicator for full docking convenience. “My biggest frustration when I was using an iPad® was that there were no USB ports to import and export data,” Dr. Batra said. “It’s amazing to have all the business-oriented ports I need.”
At Batra Vision Medical Group, it is a priority that patients make decisions regarding their treatment based on their own best interests. To assist patients in making an informed choice about the health of their eyes, staff and doctors educate them by using interactive videos and images. Before implementing the Portégé® Z30t, each exam room had two separate devices: a desktop and a touchscreen monitor mounted on the wall. With its mobility, touchscreen capability and 12-hour battery life, the Portégé® Z30t allowed the group to eliminate the extra hardware, making the experience more efficient andcomfortable for their patients.