Is your hospital considering a tablet initiative? Implementing iPads, Surfaces or Galaxies in your hospital’s Registration or clinical departments probably sounds simple. But the choices don’t stop once you pick a device brand and model. In fact, selecting the actual tablet just might be the easiest part.
It gets complicated when you factor all the extras that are needed to make these tech tools truly functional in the health care setting. Before your hospital invests in a tablet initiative in any department, be sure your clinical and technical teams can answer these questions:
- What size tablet is best knowing it will be used by patients, medical staff, and clinicians?
- What type of case will you use?
- How will clinicians disinfect tablets and their accessories?
- Will you ask patients to sign eForms using their finger or a stylus?
- Which stylus is easiest for patients of all ages to use?
- Will the stylus work with your case?
- How will staff and clinicians lock tablets to keep them from leaving the department?
- Where will the docking stations be located? On the wall or a flat surface?
- How will you prevent tablets from being unplugged so other devices can be charged?
- How will IT centrally manage and update the tablets?
If this list sounds like a lot, it’s really just swiping the surface. These decisions – and more – have a significant impact on the safety, security and usability of the tablets used at your hospital.
There’s no doubt that using tablets in Registration and at the bedside delivers benefits like cost savings, fewer lost forms and greater patient satisfaction. But to achieve these results, hospitals must have a tablet strategy beyond which brand name and generation to purchase.
In the coming weeks, we’ll share a Strategy Guide and Playbook based on information we’ve collected from our customers that provides solid guidance, product recommendations, polices, etc., to help your tablet initiative succeed. Stay tuned as we’ll provide the best tablet cases for use in healthcare.