Part 1: Stylus comparison for the best patient electronic signature experience

Your hospital wants to evolve from standard LCD panels to tablets that give you the mobility to capture patient bedside electronic signatures. Picking the right tablet is essential but it’s just the start. Equally as important is selecting the right accessories to go with the device. After all, these decisions can have a big impact on patient satisfaction.


In this video series, Cody Strate, vice president of strategy and innovation for Access, takes you through the ins and outs of different tablet accessories. Watch as he tests the products, highlights the features and functionality, and weighs how each tool will hold up in the health care setting.

In this episode, Cody starts by answering: Should patients use their finger or a stylus to provide their eSignature on a tablet? He tells you what our clients say about this question and the role age plays in the patient experience.  

You might be surprised to learn that not all styluses are the same. They may all resemble a pen but that’s where the similarities stop. Cody breaks down for you the precision, durability, cost and overall user experience of three common stylus types:

  1. Rubber tip
  2. Disc tip
  3. Metal mesh tip

Finally, throughout the episode, Cody gives some pro tips that you’ll definitely want to jot down. Be sure to watch so you don’t miss these five takeaways:

  1. Which stylus not to use on a plastic screen
  2. Why you should pick a stylus in a bright color
  3. The stylus that will give patients the closest experience to pen on paper
  4. A demo of each stylus that shows their level of precision
  5. The type of stylus our hospital customers most often suggest

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Cody Strate

Written by Cody Strate

For more than 10 years, Cody has helped healthcare organizations worldwide eliminate the costs and risks of paper through e-forms and e-signature solutions. In addition to helping others achieve their paperless goals, Cody finds time to put his biochemistry degree to work in the kitchen testing out new recipes on his unsuspecting family.