SmartTouch PC Control System
SmartTouch™ is Daavlin’s proprietary control system which offers significant benefits and operational superiority over competitive dosimetry controllers. Its advanced technology gives you peace of mind in delivering accurate and effective treatments and maintaining patient records. Its advanced technology eliminates errors and reduces physician liability.
SmartTouch technology allows you to set and lock in custom treatment parameters for each patient. The technology monitors parameters such as treatment intervals and dosage increases based on the patient’s individual treatment plan. With such sophisticated oversight, it is next to impossible to mistakenly administer the wrong treatment.
Features of SmartTouch include permanent patient records; built-in protocols, operator tracking and system monitoring that ensures accuracy of treatment settings and prevents errors.
SmartTouch keeps accurate, secure, EMR compatible records of the treatments delivered. The system’s customizable reporting tool allows for easy review of patient records, while providing incontrovertible records if a patient’s outcome or reaction to treatment is ever in question. Please contact Daavlin to discuss your specific EMR needs. Additional fees may apply to connect SmartTouch to your EMR software.
SmartTouch also makes it easy to link together a group of devices, keeping all patient records in a centralized database and greatly simplifying scheduling.
Thanks to SmartTouch, the patient experience is unparalleled. The system “talks” to patients, advising them what to expect as they begin their treatment and then keeping them updated as to how much time remains during the course of their therapy. These reassuring voice instructions can be delivered in the patient’s choice of thirteen languages, in a soothing male or female voice.
Carefully conceived and time tested, SmartTouch by Daavlin takes care of the details, giving you and your patients peace of mind.
- Built-in treatment protocols allows you to set treatment parameters for each patient that will make it impossible to inadvertently deliver an excessive dose or the wrong kind of light.
- A system of functional authority allows only designated operators to make treatment decisions that vary from the built-in protocols, while less qualified operators can be restricted to simply following the prescribed regimen.
- Data is entered using a keyboard, mouse and monitor, all of which can be remotely located. This makes controlling the device from a nurses’ station convenient and easy.
- An electronic record is kept of the date, time, dosage and length of each treatment, along with the operator’s name. Notes about the patient and treatment can also be recorded.
- The system can accommodate thousands of patients’ treatment records, is capable of sorting patient data for statistical analysis and is EMR ready. Connection fees will apply.
- Patient treatment records and other useful reports such as your 3 Series daily usage data can easily be printed.
Patient Friendly Features
- Voice announcements advise patients of their treatment progress. Select from a variety of languages, as well as male or female voices.
- If needed, a patient can pause their treatment at the touch of a button or simply by opening the doors.
The SmartTouch PC is a stand alone computer with its own display and keyboard that can be remotely located anywhere up to two hundred feet (sixty meters) from the device.
Using Daavlin’s SmartTouch Software, the system has built-in protocols, automatic metering, an almost unlimited storage capacity for patients and their treatment histories and a prescription system that makes it impossible to inadvertently give the wrong dose or the wrong type of therapy.
A Common Myth:
It’s all the same lamps, so the only difference between different manufacturer’s clinical phototherapy devices is the cosmetic appearance.
There are significant differences between machines equipped with integrating dosimetry, and those without it. If your goal is accurate dose control for optimum treatment outcome, Daavlin integrating dosimetry offers significant advantages over timer controllers.
Integrating dosimetry systems like the Daavlin Flex and the SmartTouch dosimetry controllers measure the actual energy output of the phototherapy device in real time and adjust the treatment length to give exactly the programmed dose. Integrating dosimetry has been the preferred controller on large cabinet type phototherapy devices for many years due to the elimination of dose uncertainty caused by environmental factors and lamp conditions. Daavlin offers integrating dosimetry systems on virtually every type of phototherapy device manufactured including hand/foot units and home phototherapy devices.
Some benefits of integrating dosimetry can include:
- Faster clearing
- Less risk of burning
- A better chance of successful treatment
- Lower long term side effect risks
The easiest way to explain the advantage of integrating dosimetry is to show exactly what happens to the power output of a phototherapy device as it warms up:
Cold Lamp Output to 60 Seconds
In this chart, the actual measured output of a phototherapy device with a calibrated output of 22mW at 5 minutes of operation is shown. For the first minute the lamps are emitting approximately half of the calibrated output and the power of the lamps is changing rapidly. In this example, an initial 15 second treatment using a timer controller would deliver 60milliJoules, but a subsequent treatment of the same duration would deliver about 120milliJoules. With a dosimetry controller, exactly the same dosage would have been given for both treatments. If the temperature in the room changes, even by a few degrees, this warm-up time will be prolonged or shortened significantly. And, there are other environmental factors besides temperature that can significantly influence the output of the lamps.
Besides the more obvious disadvantages of overdosing, there are significant disadvantages to under dosing as well. By giving repeated, small, ineffective doses of UV radiation, the skin will adapt causing the erythemal threshold to increase and the cumulative dose required to clear to be needlessly increased with a consequent risk of greater long term side effects. It is particularly worth noting that current research shows that pigmentation causes a surprisingly small amount of the skin’s adaptation response to phototherapy, so even patients that do not visibly tan are undergoing adaptation responses.
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2 Palmer, et al. Photoadaptation during Narrowband Ultraviolet-B Therapy Is Independent of Skin Type: A Study of 352 Patients Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2006) 126, 1256–1263
3 (Hennessy A, Oh C, Rees J, Diffey B (2005) The photoadaptive response to ultraviolet exposure in human skin using ultraviolet spectrophotometry. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 21:229–33)