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Military and other federal medical agencies must be able to administer advanced medical treatment quickly and effectively in harsh field environments, including battle conditions. Durable Toughbook® computers, outfitted with sophisticated information-management systems, like electronic medical records (EMR) software, help the federal government and armed forces meet these important challenges.


Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) is the U.S. Army's medical records tracking system for all deployed service personnel. MC4 integrates and supports a comprehensive, lifelong, electronic medical record for service members, while enhancing medical situational awareness for commanders. Prior to the creation of MC4, the U.S. Army relied primarily on an inadequate paper-based system which was laborious, inefficient and error-prone. Handwritten records had to be transferred manually into the system later, rather than in real time, often leading to lags between changes in the medical status of personnel and their corresponding records.

The current MC4 program is built upon rugged and reliable Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers, eliminating the inefficiencies of the paper-based approach. The integrated MC4 system can receive, store, process and transmit medical records and other data in the harshest environments. MC4 utilizes thousands of Toughbook mobile computers with durable magnesium alloy cases, daylight-viewable screens, spill resistant keyboards and shock-mounted hard drives that assure reliable operations even under battlefield conditions. These Toughbook units can be mounted in ambulances, helicopters and Bradley fighting vehicles, quickly delivering critical medical information where it is needed to save lives when time is of the essence.


The National Disaster Medical Service (NDMS) is a federal system within the Department of Health and Human Services that augments the nation's integrated medical response capability. When disaster strikes, the NDMS deploys Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) of about 35 individuals, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants and other health professionals. Teams arrive with medical supplies and have the capability to set up post-disaster mobile medical stations in the field. A standard DMAT may include a pharmacy, blood lab, x-ray capability, monitoring equipment, generators and other equipment. Coordinating all these personnel and resources is a major challenge,particularly in disaster conditions where electricity is unavailable.

Panasonic Toughbook fully-rugged laptops and mobile clinical assistants (MCA) assist in setting up post-disaster mobile medical stations and to maintain a wireless link to the FEMA command center. With long-life batteries, daylight-readable touch screens, spill resistant keyboards, shock-mounted hard drives and the ability to be fully sanitized, Toughbook computers are well suited to the demands of mobile surgical hospitals. Using custom software, Toughbook computers provide staff members with access to electronic medical records and other pertinent information needed in treating patients. Rugged, robust Toughbook mobile computers provide DMATs with reliable connectivity even when chaos reigns around them.


U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) employs surgeons and other medical personnel who are trained and ready to respond to military and terrorist attacks, as well as civilian emergencies like hurricanes. When deployed to an emergency scene, the environmental conditions are often challenging and power failures are the norm. Yet, NORAD medical staff must still gain access to patient records, reference materials and other vital data, while remaining in contact with headquarters.

NORAD surgeons use Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers because they are built to work in the harshest environments. Toughbook computers have spill resistant keyboards, magnesium alloy cases, shock-mounted hard drives and internal dampeners that protect against vibrations. Furthermore, some Toughbook units can be sanitized and employ a fanless design to prevent germs and bacteria from being drawn into the machine and then inadvertently circulated back into sterile environments. The long battery life and robust wireless connectivity allow NORAD personnel to access electronic patient records and medical reference materials regardless of the environmental conditions or the availability of electricity. Rugged Toughbook mobile computers enable NORAD surgeons to perform critical operations and save lives under in the most challenging circumstances.