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PC hardware manufacturers, such as Motion Computing, are releasing tablet PCs designed specifically for use by healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, and medical technicians. While vertical tablet PCs are more expensive than generic devices (approximately $2500 versus $1500 average street price), vertical tablet PCs provide the healthcare industry with new capabilities beyond those previously available from the generic models. However, successful deployment of these devices is a balance of soft factors (e.g. user training, user acceptance, and paperwork reduction) and more traditional technology factors.

The Tablet PC “Check-Up” List for Heath Care

While tablet PC hardware continues to evolve to satisfy the unique needs of health care professionals, IT must balance hardware advancements with more traditional requirements to achieve successful tablet PC deployment.

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