Tablets continue to offer users a truly unique combination of portability and power. The healthcare sector is particularly intrigued with the potential these devices present in the areas of improved patient care, lower overall costs, and streamlined compliance with regulations. If they haven’t already, administrators in hospitals and long-term care facilities would be well advised to introduce the tablet and its growing portfolio of medical software applications to their patients and staff.
Certainly, ruggedized, special-purpose, tablet-type computers have been used in the medical field since the 1980s. However, those first-generation devices tend to be bulkier, heavier, more expensive, and not as user-friendly as their current counterparts. They will always have a place in certain healthcare environments; however, it is today’s more consumerized tablets that promise real improvements in care, compliance and cost.
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