Saturday, January 30, 2010

Best Tablet PC for a doctor

The conversation starts with the same question: Which Tablet PC do you recommend for me and my medical practice?

The first question I ask is about which software you will be using. For most physicians, the answer is that it will be used just for their EMR software. If the tablet pc will be used for other functions like email, Microsoft Office or general use then additional considerations come into play. Right now, let's just talk about using the tablet with an EMR.

If your EMR software runs wirelessly from a local server or is web-based then it won't require a lot of horsepower to run the application. Don't be obsessed with Gigahertz or hard disk size like you would be with a machine you used for general purposes. Instead, choose it by the requirements given by your software provider and how you need to interact with it. What I mean by "interact with" is this - if your software is mostly point and click with drop down menus and check boxes but little narrative, a slate tablet PC is your best choice for comfort due to thinness and light weight. If your software requires a lot of power and there is a significant amount of typing required then a convertible tablet PC is probably right for you.

OK, let's talk first about slate tablet PCs.

If you are choosing a slate, there are several choices on the market. Without talking about specific brands, your first choice is a 10.4" or 12.1" display. A tablet pc with the smaller display is going to be lighter and easier to carry but if your EMR software doesn't look good on a screen that size then you need to choose a larger size. The majority of our customers choose a tablet with a 12" display for one main reason - it is larger and easier to read. If you could get through medical school in 4 years and be a 23 year old doctor then small print wouldn't matter, but it is likely that you will be more comfortable with a larger display.

Now let's talk about convertible tablets.

While you can can buy a convertible with a larger display than 12" I would discourage it because the overall weight will make it uncomfortable to carry. Remember that you can't switch hands when writing so you will be carrying the tablet in the same arm all day. This factor comes into play when deciding whether to get a convertible with a built-in DVD. Unless you have the need to look at DVDs for scans or some other reason, don't buy a unit with one built-in because it adds unnecessary weight and bulk.

Here are some other random considerations for purchasing a tablet pc:

1. Choose the largest capacity battery available.
2. Capacitive or multitouch isn't important with any EMR software I'm aware of. Choose it for your home computer, not for your work tablet.
3. A standard display is fine and the cost of an outdoor display isn't necessary.
4. Don't get a case - it just gets in the way.

There are more choices but this will get you through the basics. If you want to talk about your specific situation or get my recommendations for specific brands and models, email me at or call 215-441-5580 x101.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Magnetic Stripe Reader for Motion F5/C5 Tablet PCs

Motion Launches Magnetic Stripe Reader for the C5 and F5 Rugged Tablet PCs

EasyConnect magnetic stripe reader provides a convenient solution for point-of-sale transactions

AUSTIN, TX– Jan. 26, 2010 – Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, announced today new peripherals designed specifically for the C5 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) and rugged F5 Tablet PC. The new EasyConnect magnetic stripe reader (MSR) provides a convenient and highly mobile point-of-sale (POS) solution, while a new case provides even more options to easily use the Motion® Tablets while on-the-go.

EasyConnect MSR for Retail POS

The new EasyConnect MSR snaps into the docking connector offering the mobility and productivity of a hand-held POS device, with the flexibility of a powerful PC. Now, as sales representatives use the tablet PCs to help customers identify solutions and place orders, they can also conduct secure credit card transactions in real time, without the need to manage multiple devices. With the mobile broadband and wireless capabilities of the C5 and F5, secure transactions can happen whether retail employees are moving about a store or providing services and solutions in the field.

“Motion continually works with customers to identify solutions that make using tablet PCs at the point of service simple, yet extremely productive,” said Mike Stinson, vice president of marketing, Motion. “The EasyConnect MSR is a direct result of large retail organizations requesting integrated credit card processing capabilities that enhance customer satisfaction, improve the sales process and speed up billing cycle times.”

Do you have more questions about the Motion F5 Rugged Tablet PC or the EasyConnect Magentic Stripe Reader? Call Allegiance Tablet PC Experts, a top Motion Computing partner, at 877-772-5587 and ask to speak to John or Hal or visit our website at

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Real men use Tablet PCs

Happy New Year!

While others celebrate the virtual arrival of the non-existent Apple tablet, I'm celebrating REAL MEN WHO USE REAL TABLET PCs.

William Pierce, an installer with a satellite TV company, uses a Tablet PC (a REAL one) to complete his paperwork faster right at the customer installation site. If he didn't have a tablet, he'd have to write everything down on paper and then go out to his work van and reenter it onto his company-issued laptop computer.

Luckily, William is a REAL MAN.

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