Tablet PCs & Next-Gen Healthcare

Digital innovations in healthcare are streamlining daily tasks, enabling clinicians to provide faster, accurate care, as well as empowering patients to take a bigger role in monitoring their own health. From big data to tablets to apps and smart watches, this technological shift is giving the healthcare industry an overhaul. With clinicians adopting digital record keeping, remote monitoring and care for patients, and other software as a service (SaaS) platforms, there is enormous potential to not only dramatically reduce administrative costs by up to $250 billion a year, but to also deliver a new level of sophistication and accuracy with regards to patient care.


According to a recent Forbes article, digitizing care is no longer something that healthcare providers can afford to ignore. Many industries already use technology and data to improve efficiency and quality, and healthcare providers who fail to use digital innovations to their advantage may find themselves losing patients to their competitors.

Mobile devices like tablets allow clinicians to optimize patient care through the use of advanced technology. A recent survey found that nearly 70% of clinicians in U.S. hospitals use tablets. According to the same study, 1 out of 3 healthcare providers report that using mobile devices increases their efficiency. These devices improve clinicians’ ability to communicate with patients and other healthcare providers, multitask, and access information such as test results that used to be tethered to desktop PCs and printouts stuffed in folders.

Pioneering the Healthcare of Tomorrow

With recent digital innovations in healthcare, doctors, nurses and other health professionals are looking to new mobile devices like tablets to enhance their capabilities and offer them versatility in and out of the exam room. However, with an excess of tablets and mobile devices to choose from, finding the right one can be difficult. Thankfully, with the help of a recent Principled Technologies report, choosing a tablet isn’t brain surgery.


The report compared the performance of the following popular tablets based on tasks healthcare professionals encounter each day: Microsoft Surface Pro 3*, HP ElitePad 1000 G2*, Dell Venue 8 Pro*, Apple iPad Air* and mini*. The Intel-powered Dell Venue 8 Pro*, HP ElitePad 1000 G2*, and Surface Pro 3* outperformed both the iPad Air* and iPad Mini* in a number of categories.

The Intel-powered devices in the study offer features like the ability to work in multiple apps simultaneously, create tasks with speech-to-text, load files from USB peripherals, and wirelessly print documents from the popular Allscripts Wand software.

For detailed comparisons of each device, check out the following case studies:

Microsoft Surface Pro 3* vs. Apple iPad Air*; HP ElitePad 1000 G2* vs. Apple iPad Air: Dell Venue 8 Pro* vs. Apple iPad mini*.

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