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Advantech and IGEL to Offer Cloud Solutions for Healthcare

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 30 Oct 2017
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Image: Advantech and IGEL Technology are pooling their skills to enable unique endpoint management capabilities designed for the healthcare sector (Photo courtesy of Medgadget).
Image: Advantech and IGEL Technology are pooling their skills to enable unique endpoint management capabilities designed for the healthcare sector (Photo courtesy of Medgadget).
Advantech Corporation (Taipei, Taiwan), a provider of medical computing solutions, and German endpoint management specialist, IGEL Technology (Bremen, Germany) are pooling their skills in an ongoing technology partnership to combine the former’s hardware expertise and the latter’s software knowhow in order to enable unique endpoint management capabilities especially designed for the healthcare sector. Advantech's point-of-care (POC) medical computer equipped with the IGEL’s LINUX-based operating system (OS) will be showcased for the first time at the MEDICA medical trade fair to be held in Düsseldorf in November.

Powered by the latest 6th Gen Intel Core i processor that delivers up to a 30% increase in graphics performance, Advantech’s POC series terminals are high-performance medical-grade devices with the capability to support multiple displays for complex imaging-related healthcare applications such as surgical modeling, radiology, and endoscopy. Their lightweight and slim system design allows the POC terminals to be flexibly mounted in diverse locations to serve as operating room dashboards, equipment control panels, and intensive care unit information displays, providing critical data to medical staff to assist with life-saving decision making.

Advantech's POC endpoints can be easily and remotely managed using IGEL’s free Universal Management Suite (UMS) software, allowing busy IT departments in hospitals to efficiently manage endpoints – even large estates – using group-based profiles. This makes it possible for frequent settings to be easily predefined and assigned to individual devices or entire device groups with just a few mouse clicks. Regular firmware updates can be distributed over the network in a simple, automated or timed manner. For a broad range of applications, IGEL’s OS supports seamless access to a broad range of virtualized and cloud-based IT infrastructure from Citrix, VMware and Microsoft. As a read-only operating system, the Linux-based IGEL OS also protects sensitive data securely.

“Advantech is always on the outlook to create value with flexible, solution-ready platforms. Having IGEL as our new alliance partner will allow us to meet the critical requirements of healthcare professionals and ensure undisturbed workflows,” said Michael Jasper, Channel Manager at Advantech. “IGEL’s Endpoint Management Solutions for Healthcare providers together with Advantech´s hardware expertise translates in a highly productive, cost efficient, and medically certified solution which will help hospitals to move from heterogeneous to central IT structures. I am delighted to welcome IGEL as a new partner and look forward to a successful collaboration.”

"IGEL has many years of experience in the healthcare sector, so we know the requirements and challenges of IT environments at hospitals. The benefits of simple endpoint management can now be combined with Advantech’s hardware that’s specifically designed for demanding hospital applications. As a result, our joint customers benefit in two ways," said Matthias Haas, CTO at IGEL.

Advantech’s POC series with IGEL OS will be on display at the MEDICA in Düsseldorf in Hall 11, Stand C68, from November 13-16, 2017.


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