PTZOptics Telemedicine Cart Project

Recent evolutions in technology have enhanced the way healthcare is delivered. Today, the field of telemedicine enables physicians to treat their patients via video conferencing.  Such convenience and accessibility to healthcare has helped many, including patients in rural areas without access to in-person medical facilities. In this video, we are going to take an in-depth look at a telemedicine cart designed by Howard Medical which features a PTZOptics camera used to help doctors deliver healthcare remotely.

Telemedicine Solutions with Camera
Telemedicine Solutions with Camera

Howard Medical is a company on the front lines of this emerging field, and their telehealth products are rapidly transforming the healthcare delivery system. Howard’s telehealth equipment provides all-in-one solutions, linking physicians to their patients seamlessly. These products range from telehealth carts, software, and kits to cabinets and kiosks. The Hi-Care telemedicine cart is an innovative solution. This mobile system has a flexible design and provides users the ability to communicate in a customized way, meeting the needs of the healthcare facility. The Hi-Care also includes remote monitoring and remote management software.

Additional HiCare features include:

  • A task Light;
  • One-touch height adjustment for both the monitor and the work surface;
  • Anti-microbial touch surfaces;
  • A centralized control panel
  • Adjustable steering handles
  • A 270-degree wrap-around cart handle
  • A negative tilt keyboard tray with wrist rest and a keyboard light
  • Rubberized footrests
  • On-demand steer assist technology
  • Storage options; and 
  • A PTZOptics camera, which allows a physician to remotely zoom into specific areas of interest in high definition. 


This telemedicine is ideal for delivering healthcare services from remote specialists into almost any hospital setting. From the anti-microbial touch surfaces to the 270-degree wrap-around cart handle, this telemedicine delivery system is much more than a mobile cart. 

The system allows for the integration of a remotely controlled PTZOptics video conferencing camera that doctors can operate from almost anywhere in the world. The second-generation PTZOptics camera featured here uses a USB 3.0 connection to the computer which creates a plug and play high definition video connection. The integrated 12X lens and robotic motors provide doctors with an ideal combination of a wide field of view and powerful optical zoom used for capturing areas of interest in great detail. 

This camera includes a feature called UVC 1.5, which provides advanced robotic camera control functionality over a single USB connection. This feature allows doctors to control the camera directly through their favorite video communications software. This PTZOptics camera features a crisp and responsive auto-focus that can adjust quickly as doctors zoom in and out during use. The second-generation 12X and 20X cameras models from PTZOptics have become a favorite solution in telemedicine delivery for this reason.

To match the health care aesthetic, this camera has been selected in white. The complete part number is 12X-USB-WH-G2. As you can see, the camera is firmly affixed to the top of this telemedicine cart using the quarter-twenty screw connection on the camera mount. This telemedicine cart can easily fit through any standard doorway. Moving the cart around is safe and easy with rubberized brakes and multiple options for handle grips. The on-demand steer assist options make smoothly navigating busy hospital hallways breeze.

TeleMedicine PTZ Camera Cart
TeleMedicine PTZ Camera Cart

Multiple task light options are available for the storage areas, the work surface area, and the keyboard tray making work during night shifts less intrusive inpatient rooms. The centralized control panel features intuitive operations that control the cart’s adjustable height options. As you can see a simple button press can turn on each task light. Another button adjusts the height of the cart, and a simple battery light indicates how much charge is left with the onboard UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) system.

On the side of the unit, you will notice a panel for connectivity to USB 3.0 devices. USB medical devices such as an Otoscope, Pulse Oximeter, and others can easily be connected with this panel. The panel also supports hardwired ethernet connectivity and HDMI for adding additional monitors. 

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