Tablet computers have become very popular over the last few years. You may be ready for a new computer, and perhaps you have thought of purchasing a tablet instead of a traditional laptop computer. How do you decide which model is right for you? Determine which is best by asking yourself how you plan to use the device.
Many of our clients have asked us if our EHR software will run on tablet PCs. For now, the answer is no. Our development team has played around with a free EHR system for the iPad. The first thing they noticed is that it was difficult for them to even enter the wireless encryption key. Experimenting further, they found that the typical data entry required in a medical setting was cumbersome and slow on a tablet.
Does this mean that tablet PCs are useless, or unsuited to the medical industry? No. Most IT experts say tablets are great for consuming data (i.e. passively looking at images, reading text, or watching videos). Many providers love to use tablet PCs to review X-rays, ultrasounds, or other digital images with their patients. Tablets are also great for reviewing charts and notes on the go.
What about the casual user? Casual users should apply the same principles. Leisure activities, like watching videos, playing games, or browsing Facebook work well on tablets. More complex tasks, such as writing reports, working with spreadsheets, or anything requiring complex data entry are best left to traditional laptops.
If you are contemplating a new computer, don’t limit yourself to laptops or tablets. There are many different types of computers suited to home and office use. Check out our hardware page for a more detailed discussion of computers and their price points. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.