August 30, 2013

Mini tablets as handheld computers for nursing clinical

Until recently the choices for handheld computing in the clinical setting were 3 to 4 inch screens or 9 to 10 inch tablets. This brought about the Goldilocks test of one being too small and the other being too big. The phone-sized devices can be harder to read and to input text. The traditional tablet, such as the iPad, is too big to put into a scrub pocket and a little on the heavy side to carry around.

The mini-tablet, such as the iPad Mini, has a 7.9 inch screen. This gives the user an experience closer to the large tablet but at a size that is more transportable. If you don't want an Apple tablet be sure to choose an Android-compatible tablet such as the Google Nexus 7 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. The Apple iOS and the Android operating systems have healthcare software available. For this reason I do not recommend the Amazon Kindle Fire HD because it is limited to Amazon Kindle apps. My preference is for the Apple iOS devices because there are large numbers of free and commercial healthcare apps available, and it is much easier as an educator to direct students to the App Store to find the software.