Posts Tagged ‘COWs’

Mobile Cart Batteries – Performance and Life

March 31, 2015

The Power System and Battery technology is vital to the efficiency of your Healthcare process using any Computer on Wheels.  Having to plug in because the current battery only lasts 4 hours per shift can slow the daily process.  In today’s Healthcare System, the process is fast, effective and designed to reduce errors.  That requires good tools – Computer on Wheels with great Power Systems and Batteries.  That is exactly why Metro is the leader in Battery Life with their Mobile Cart line.

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How long will the battery last each day?  Will it last a full shift?

The batteries on your Computer on Wheels should last a full shift or better.  With partial charging during breaks or lunch, the cart will stay topped off all day.  Metro Batteries last 12+ hours on a full charge.  

How long will the battery last before replacement?

Lithium batteries are like the batteries your laptop uses.  Metro offers two Lithium Battery solutions….a Mid-Grade (to compete with other manufacturers) and a High-Grade.  The Metro Mid-Grade Lithium will last 2500 cycles before having to be replaced.  The Metro High-Grade Lithium Nano (LiNano) is rated for 5000 cycles and in testing, surpassed AccessPoint Battery Replacement10,000 cycles.  That is 8 to 10 years before your Health System has to replace these batteries from Metro.  Longer Shift Life and Longer Battery Life is the best solution for your environment.

Sure, other manufacturers have Lithium Batteries in their Mobile Carts, however, their Lithium technology is the same as the Metro Mid-Grade Lithium.   Mid-Grade batteries have to be replaced at 2500 cycles which is a costly expense a few years down the road.  Why would you settle for mid-grade when LiNano from Metro is available now?  LiNano is definitely superior in life span and costs much less in the long run.

No one but Metro has the HIGH-GRADE LiNano Battery proven with over 5000 cycles!

How long to recharge?

The Power System in Metro Computer on Wheels charges fully in two hours. We know that in some Heathcare Environments a fanless option is needed, the OR, for example. Our Power System is switchable to fanless and the charge time is increased to 3 hours in those cases.

Metro LogoA Little History about Metro:  they are owned by Emerson…the world class company we all know.  In fact, they also own Liebert, the Information Technology Data Center large scale Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) and Power Distribution Unit (PDU) manufacturer/provider.  Emerson brings the Liebert power knowledge to Metro. With Liebert know how, software and technology behind your Computer on Wheels battery, why would you choose anything else?

ASR is a national leading Metro Healthcare Mobile Cart Dealer and Service Center.  We service the entire USA and Puerto Rico.

 

 

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 is bridging the gap for Healthcare providers. We are an IT company that knows Healthcare IT and knows Mobile Carts. With over 25 years combined experience with them, ASR has developed many ways to reduce Cost of Ownership and increase your Return on Investment.  Contact us today for a quote on AccessPoint Mobile Carts, the leader in Power, Ergonomics and Infection Control.

See our website at: asrhealthcare.com.

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The Leading Mobile Cart in Healthcare

December 7, 2014

Bedside Bar Code Scanning Mobile Carts, Computer on Wheels, COWs, Workstation on Wheels, WOWs and Nurse Carts are common names for these necessary tools for EMR or EHR  We have a new one coined by a client…BMW..Bedside Medication Workstation.  I love this new one! Our new AccessPoint Cart leads the pack in Point of Care Mobile Carts. I will quickly outline the features that make them the BEST! EMR copy copy

Patient Safety:

  • Made with Microban – Antimicrobial to inhibit bacteria growth
  • Monitor Articulation – Monitor easily moves downward to hide screen from prying eyes
  • UL-60601 Certified – Electronics are safe within 6 feet of any patient

Caregiver Safety:

    • Easy to Push – Lightweight and roll easily
    • Superior Ergonomics – Articulating Keyboard Tray, Articulating Monitor, Foot Rest

 

Bonus Features:

  • 2 Hour Charge – Also has Option for Fanless Charging (for ORs)
  • 13 Hour Daily Shift Battery Life
  • Small footprint  – easy to get into tight spaces
  • Rear Handles
  • Electronic Lift Adjustment – Push Button
  • Left and Right adjustable Mouse Pads
  • LED Lights – Worksurface and Keyboard – With Dimmers
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Easy Access Battery Storage Area – Pop off the Footrest and there it is!
  • MetroMonitor Software – Allows IT Dept. to remotely see WOW or COW and its battery health instantly.
  • Easy Access Tech Tray – Unlock the Worksurface and remove.  There is the Thin Client, Laptop or Computer.

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Keybord Adjustment

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Height Adjustment

 With Daily Availability of 13 hours, why consider anything else? 

 

AccessPoint LogoASR is a leading Metro Healthcare Mobile Cart Dealer and Service Center.    Send us a request for a Catalog

 is bridging the gap for Healthcare providers. We are an IT company that knows IT and knows Mobile Carts. With over 25 years combined experience with them, ASR has developed many ways to reduce Cost of Ownership and increase your Return on Investment.  Contact us today for a quote on AccessPoint Mobile Carts. See our new website at: asrhealthcare.com. Contact 770.623.0071 or sales@asrhealthcare.com

Cart Maintenance Basics – COWs, WOWs, Med Carts, RX Carts

April 28, 2014

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Cart maintenance should include routine cleaning and disinfection processes. In all Health Systems, I see Carts in many degrees of condition. Some are visibly clean while others are covered with tape, stickers and just plain dirty. I believe that a Cart should look clean and actually be clean to prevent the spread of disease. Also, a Cart that is clean looks better to patients, their family, their friends and hospital staff. ASR offers detailed cleaning and disinfecting services for COWs and WOWs. This service should be performed a minimum of twice each year. One client wants this done quarterly on his fleet of Medical Carts.

Here is a bit I have put together to share about Cleaning and Disinfection of Carts:

Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization: Point of Care Equipment

All Point of Care equipment including Computer on Wheels (COWs) or Workstation on Wheels (WOWs) and Wall Arms are essential to the care of patients. Because they typically are designed for high use, they also can transmit pathogens if any of the steps involved in reprocessing (Cleaning, Disinfection, or Sterilization) are inadequate or experience failures. Because the majority of pathogens are present in organic matter, e.g. visible soil, the first step in reprocessing, Cleaning is the most important. Any failure to remove soil at this point creates the potential for transmission of infection as the efficacy of subsequent disinfection or sterilization will be compromised.

Every hospital or healthcare facility should have an Infection Control Policy in place and include Point of Care equipment. An Infection Control Policy should be built around:

Cleaning Disinfection Sterilization

Cleaning: This process usually involves detergent or enzymatic presoak that removes foreign material (e.g. dirt or microorganisms) from an object. Cleaning is the most essential step in reprocessing instruments and equipment. Cleaning involves the removal of all foreign material (dirt and organic matter) from the object being reprocessed. Two key components of cleaning are friction to remove foreign matter and fluids to remove or rinse away contamination. This is especially true for manual cleaning of COWs or WOWs, which removes most organisms from a surface. Cleaning is normally accomplished by the use of water or detergents and mechanical actions. Detergent is essential to dissolve proteins and oil that can reside on equipment after use. Detergents lower surface tension and lift dirt or oil away from the device. Studies have shown that thorough cleaning alone can provide a 10,000 fold reduction in contaminants.

Disinfection: Any process, chemical or physical, that destroys pathogens that deems an item is safe to handle for its use. A disinfectant is a chemical agent that destroys most pathogens but may not kill bacterial spores. Chemical disinfection should only be used if heat treatment is impractical or if it may cause damage to the equipment. There is a broad spectrum of chemical disinfectants that have different antimicrobial activities. Most of them do not necessarily kill all microorganisms or spores that are present on an inanimate object but instead reduce the number of microorganisms to a level that is not harmful to health.

Sterilization: Uses an agent that destroys all viable forms of microbial life on any surface. Sterilization methods remove or destroy all forms of microbial life including bacterial spores by either physical or chemical processes. Sterilization is accomplished principally by steam under pressure, by dry heat, and by chemical sterilants. (Because of their size and the electronic components in COWs or WOWs, Sterilization is not a viable option).

Risks of Infection from Equipment

The risks of infection from equipment may be classified into three categories. COWs and WOWs fall into the Low Risk category. These are noncritical items are items that come into contact with normal and intact skin or with the inanimate environment (e.g. walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, sinks, etc.). Cleaning with a detergent and drying is more than adequate. A simple wipe down with an alcohol based disinfectant wipe or once over with a Hospital Grade Disinfectant Spray by the staff before each shift is even better. These processes are essential for every COW and WOW and should be included in your Infection Control Policy.

We understand that budgets are tight.  We will help you stretch your Point of Care device dollar through our VALUE as a VALUE ADDED RESELLER. Partnering with ASR will save you time, money and allow you to better focus on Patient Care.

ASR is a leading Metro Healthcare Mobile Cart Dealer and Service Center. AccessPoint Logo

 

Send us a request for a Catalog

 is bridging the gap for Healthcare providers. We are an IT company that knows IT and knows Point of Care. With over 25 years combined experience these necessary tools, ASR has developed many ways to reduce Cost of Ownership and increase your Return on Investment.  Contact us today for a quote on Mobile Cart services.

See our new website at: asrhealthcare.com.

Contact 770.623.0071 or sales@asrhealthcare.com

What is your BEST VALUE in Mobile Carts – ASR and Metro

March 22, 2014

VALUE – “Worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor; utility or merit.”EMR copy copy

VALUE ADDED – “A value add can either increase the product’s price or value. For example, offering one year of free support on a new computer would be a value-added feature. Additionally, individuals can bring value add to services that they perform, such as bringing advanced financial modeling skills to a position in which the hiring manager may not have foreseen the need for such skills.”

BEST VALUE – ” Combining Value and Value Added”

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As one of Metro’s Leading Value Added Resellers (VAR), ASR encounters many opportunities where one Health System or another will engage us to source Laptop Carts, Documentation Carts, TeleHealth Carts or full blown RX Carts.  After learning about the task of the cart, the daily process for the cart and the technology to be used in it, we will configure the ideal model for them with pricing.  Those who are new to ASR and Metro often say, “we can get a X Cart or Y Cart for less than that.”  That is probably true, but let’s examine what you get for your $$$ and when will you be replacing it.

Best Warranty – The Metro carts have a 5 year warranty and now a 10 year guarantee  on the LiNano Battery through July 31, 2014 (now expired) .  I don’t think any cart competitor can make that statement.

Metro Carts are Better Built – We are currently servicing accounts with hundreds of our carts purchased in 2006 and 2007.  That is 7 or 8 years ago!  The Competitor’s Carts would have been replaced and scrapped long before that.

Best Features – The AccessPoint Computer Carts have 4 adjustments for Ergonomics, are lightweight and have MICROBAN infused into them.  We completely cover Care Giver Safety and Infection Control.

Best ROI – Metro Carts last longer which increases your initial investment.  Mobile Carts are not going away.  Think long term with them.

Best Service – Metro and ASR provide the best service available today.  We help you support your fleet, upgrade the technology in them down the road and simply push way past that mark where other manufacturers cart will be replaced.

canstock13236799[1]Good luck in getting service when your carts are broken or dying.  Their current price is not anywhere near having VALUE.  Your Soft Costs of extra support, battery replacements and repairs will eat your IT budget up in man-hours year after year.  When looking at your next purchase, try using a factor of 1.5 or 2.0 times the price of the Competitor’s Cart against ours.  Then, you will begin to see your ROI with Metro.  Our carts have the lowest Cost of Ownership.  Think long-term and it WILL SAVE YOU $$$.

We understand that budgets are tight.  We will help you stretch your Point of Care device dollar through our VALUE as a VALUE ADDED RESELLER. Partnering with ASR will save you time, money and allow you to better focus on Patient Care.

ASR is a leading Metro Healthcare Mobile Cart Dealer and Service Center. AccessPoint Logo

 

Send us a request for a Catalog

 is bridging the gap for Healthcare providers. We are an IT company that knows IT and knows Point of Care. With over 25 years combined experience these necessary tools, ASR has developed many ways to reduce Cost of Ownership and increase your Return on Investment.  Contact us today for a quote on AccessPoint Mobile Carts.

See our new website at: asrhealthcare.com.

Contact 770.623.0071 or sales@asrhealthcare.com

Mobile Cart Selection – What should we consider for Computer on Wheels (COWs)?

May 14, 2013

  knows Computer on Wheels (COWs) or Workstation on Wheels (WOWs). We have researched the criteria for selecting a Mobile Cart for Hospitals and Health Systems. After polling our local clients and posting questions to HIMSS members through the message board, these are the results of our findings. 1760-iThe questions were:

  1. What is the criteria in selecting Computer on Wheels, Mobile Carts or RX Carts?
  2. Who drives the decision?
  3. Who has input on the decision?

The nursing staff should express their needs/feedback about Mobile Carts through representatives or Nurse Managers. The IT Departments needs to provide input as to supporting a device on the network and Biomed department gets involved (in some cases) in supporting the batteries. Now becoming more mainstream, some institutions are on their 2nd or 3rd generation of carts. History of using these carts creates a wish list for future purchases, to make the staff’s jobs easier.

Allow me to add the following about FLO Computer on Wheels:

  • Easy to Push  – Little effort to push and maintain rolling
  • Small Footprint – Right sized for doorways and tight areas
  • Appropriate Screen Size – Today’s SW recommends larger screens..22″ or even 24″
  • Easy Plug In / Battery Swap – Batteries must be charged regularly
  • Easy to See Battery Gauge  – Should be right above Work Surface
  • Built in Foot Rest
  • Compatible with Software and Wireless NW  – Good reception
  • Back Lit Keyboard – For in-room visits at night
  • Lighted Worksurface – For tools and documents
  • Ergonomic Keyboard Tray – Reduces fatigue
  • ISO and UL 60601 Certified – No Electro Static Discharge within 6′ of COW (FLO is only one Certified)
  • Microban Covered Keyboard or Skin – Prevents spread of bacteria
  • Medication Drawer options – Customized to your needs
  • Easily Upgraded – Field upgraded
  • Many Options Available – Lights, holders, baskets, rails, etc.
  • Great reseller support – ASR is your partner

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Metro FLO Mobile Carts meet all of the criteria….plus having the Industry Leading Power Systems with batteries that can last a full shift and can be used for 10 years.

ASR is a leading Metro Flo Healthcare Mobile Cart Dealer and Service Center. See our FLO videos on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/MetroHealthcare

Metro AccessPoint – Unmatched User Experience http://youtu.be/nU_0MOuDVt0

Metro AccessPoint – Advanced Medication Management http://youtu.be/8lk9GbUP0EA

Metro AccessPoint – Unrivaled Configurability & Integration http://youtu.be/0gN36on0huY

Metro SecureRx + MedDispense http://youtu.be/f0TqeFCkweY

Send us a request for a Catalog

 is bridging the gap for Healthcare providers. We are an IT company that knows IT and knows COWs. With over 20 years combined experience with them, ASR has developed many ways to extend Cost of Ownership and Return on Investment.  Allow us to show you how.

See our new website at: asrhealthcare.com.

Contact 770.623.0071 or sales@asrhealthcare.com

Larger Monitors for Your Computer on Wheels (COWs) – Now Up to 24″ Wide Screens

April 11, 2013

 is helping Healthcare Systems really lower their Total Cost of Ownership through Monitor retrofits on their existing Computer on Wheels (COWs).

New software from EPIC, Cerner, McKesson or others require larger screens to view all of the data displayed without scrolling.  The simple solution is to retrofit a larger monitor, replacing a smaller one on the COW.

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Depending on the age of the COW, they could have a 17″ or 19″ monitor on them.  We have been installing 22″ DC Powered and now 24″ AC Powered Monitors successfully…giving new life to the COW.

Here are a few more TIME SAVING BENEFITS:

  • The Nursing Staff is more efficient
  • The new software performs as designed
  • There will be fewer tickets for dead monitors

By adding a new Keyboard and Mouse, the COW from the user perspective is virtually new again.  We have those too!  See this previous blog about Keyboards and Mouse:

https://asr4u.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/point-of-care-and-microban-cows-or-wows-need-a-microban-keyboard-mouse/

Contact us today for a quote on new monitors for your Mobile Cart fleet. We have DC and AC Monitors for every COW.

Make your existing COWs new again!

ASR is a leading Metro Flo Healthcare Mobile Cart Dealer and Service Center.

See us on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/MetroHealthcare

Send us a request for a Catalog

 is bridging the gap for Healthcare providers. We are an IT company that knows IT and knows COWs. With over 20 years combined experience with them, ASR has developed many ways to extend Cost of Ownership and Return on Investment.  Allow us to show you how.

See our new website at: asrhealthcare.com.

Contact 770.623.0071 or sales@asrhealthcare.com

Point-of-Care for Healthcare … Entering 2013

December 4, 2012

Point-of-Care is where the rubber meets the road in Healthcare. As we move closer and closer to a EMR world, the data capture and data sharing devices are the key. There are different schools of thought on how to outfit a Health System with the right devices. Some choose either COWs, Tablets or Wall Arms. I think that all 3 have their place in today’s Health System.

Healthcare Room Setting

We know this can be done by 3 device families:

Mobile Carts – Computer on Wheels (COWs) or Workstation on Wheels (WOWs)

Tablets or other Handheld Wireless devices

Wall Arms or Wall Cabinets housing Computers

MetroMount Articulating Arm 7

ASR is your best source for Flo Healthcare and Lionville Mobile Carts. Also, contact us for our MetroMount Wall Arms…both medium duty and heavy duty (holds 40#)

Don’t forget we supply batteries for the Flo 1750 and Flo 1760 at great prices…and with a 16 month warranty too!

ASR is a leading Metro Flo Healthcare Mobile Cart Dealer and Service Center.

See us on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/MetroHealthcare

Send us a request for a Catalog!

See the Entire Line at: https://www.metro.com/healthcare/point-of-care-computing/

ASR is bridging the gap for Healthcare providers. We are an IT company that knows IT and knows COWs. We have over 15 years experience with them.

www.asrcomputer.com.

Contact 770.623.0071 or sales@asrcomputer.com

Computer on Wheels – Getting the Most out of Your COW

July 17, 2012

COWs, as I like to call them, are an essential component in every Health System. Nurses use them, Information Systems supports them and sometimes…Biomed helps out too. This partnership within the Health System is thorough but not complete.

Every Computer on Wheels or COW needs regular Preventative Maintenance and Servicing. That is where ASR fits into the mix… as the Trusted Healthcare Specialist who regularly cleans and maintains the COWs.

See my previous writing about Preventative Maintenancehttps://asr4u.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/cows-and-wows-maintaining-mobile-carts-in-your-health-system/ and one about Infection Control to learn more https://asr4u.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/cows-and-wows-cleaning-and-disinfecting-part-of-maintenance-and-infection-control/ .

ASR is a leading Flo Healthcare Mobile Cart Dealer and Service Center.

Send us a request for a Catalog!

See the Entire Line at: https://www.metro.com/healthcare/point-of-care-computing/

ASR is bridging the gap for Healthcare providers. We are an IT company that knows IT and knows COWs. Our technicians have over 13 years experience with them.

www.asrcomputer.com.

Contact 770.623.0071 or sales@asrcomputer.com

Flo Healthcare COW or WOW Batteries & Chargers. We Service MPS 4002, MPE 7800 or MPE 7801..Anton Bauer or PowerVar

April 24, 2012

ASR has Flo Approved Batteries available as a replacement for your Mobile Carts. We also have chargers that have been refurbished as a direct replacement for your dead one.

We carry battery packs for MPS 4002, MPE 7800 and MPE 7801 chargers found on Flo 1750, 1760 and 1800 COWs. We also supply batteries for the 2700.

Check our pricing and availability on these. 16 month warranty! Batteries from ASR will not VOID your Flo warranty or annual maintenance agreement.

See more at: http://www.asrcomputer.com/healthcare-battery-replacement.pdf

Call us for a customized plan to keep your COWs or WOWs rolling! We will repopulate with new NiMH batteries, test them, charge them and ship back to you…ready to install. Our turnaround time will keep your staff and the nurses happy!

Contact 770.623.0071 or sales@asrcomputer.com.

Scroll through the ASR Blog for more information about Maintaining COWs, Cleaning COWs and Supporting COWs in your Health System.

COWs and WOWs – Cleaning and Disinfecting – Part of Periodic Maintenance and Infection Control

April 13, 2012

COW maintenance should include routine cleaning and disinfection processes. In all the the Health Systems I visit, I see COWs in many degrees of condition. Some are visibly clean while others are covered with tape, stickers and just plain dirty. I believe that a COW should look clean and actually be clean to prevent the spread of disease. Also, a COW that is clean also looks better to patients, their family, their friends and hospital staff. ASR offers detailed cleaning and disinfecting services for COWs and WOWs. This service should be performed a minimum of twice each year. One client wants this done quarterly on his fleet of COWs.


Here is a bit I have put together to share about Cleaning and Disinfection of COWs:

Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization: Point of Care Equipment

All Point of Care equipment including Computer on Wheels (COWs) or Workstation on Wheels (WOWs) and Wall Arms are essential to the care of patients. Because they typically are designed for high use, they also can transmit pathogens if any of the steps involved in reprocessing (Cleaning, Disinfection, or Sterilization) are inadequate or experience failures. Because the majority of pathogens are present in organic matter, e.g. visible soil, the first step in reprocessing, Cleaning is the most important. Any failure to remove soil at this point creates the potential for transmission of infection as the efficacy of subsequent disinfection or sterilization will be compromised.

Every hospital or healthcare facility should have an Infection Control Policy in place and include Point of Care equipment. An Infection Control Policy should be built around:

Cleaning Disinfection Sterilization

Cleaning: This process usually involves detergent or enzymatic presoak that removes foreign material (e.g. dirt or microorganisms) from an object. Cleaning is the most essential step in reprocessing instruments and equipment. Cleaning involves the removal of all foreign material (dirt and organic matter) from the object being reprocessed. Two key components of cleaning are friction to remove foreign matter and fluids to remove or rinse away contamination. This is especially true for manual cleaning of COWs or WOWs, which removes most organisms from a surface. Cleaning is normally accomplished by the use of water or detergents and mechanical actions. Detergent is essential to dissolve proteins and oil that can reside on equipment after use. Detergents lower surface tension and lift dirt or oil away from the device. Studies have shown that thorough cleaning alone can provide a 10,000 fold reduction in contaminants.

Disinfection: Any process, chemical or physical, that destroys pathogens that deems an item is safe to handle for its use. A disinfectant is a chemical agent that destroys most pathogens but may not kill bacterial spores. Chemical disinfection should only be used if heat treatment is impractical or if it may cause damage to the equipment. There is a broad spectrum of chemical disinfectants that have different antimicrobial activities. Most of them do not necessarily kill all microorganisms or spores that are present on an inanimate object but instead reduce the number of microorganisms to a level that is not harmful to health.

Sterilization: Uses an agent that destroys all viable forms of microbial life on any surface. Sterilization methods remove or destroy all forms of microbial life including bacterial spores by either physical or chemical processes. Sterilization is accomplished principally by steam under pressure, by dry heat, and by chemical sterilants. (Because of their size and the electronic components in COWs or WOWs, Sterilization is not a viable option).

Risks of Infection from Equipment

The risks of infection from equipment may be classified into three categories. COWs and WOWs fall into the Low Risk category. These are noncritical items are items that come into contact with normal and intact skin or with the inanimate environment (e.g. walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, sinks, etc.). Cleaning with a detergent and drying is more than adequate. A simple wipe down with an alcohol based disinfectant wipe or once over with a Hospital Grade Disinfectant Spray by the staff before each shift is even better. These processes are essential for every COW and WOW and should be included in your Infection Control Policy.

ASR is bridging the gap for Healthcare providers because we are an IT company that knows IT and knows Healthcare. We are your best source for all Healthcare carts and their support. Contact ASR today for a customized service plan

www.asrcomputer.com.

Contact 770.623.0071 or sales@asrcomputer.com.