It’s CES Week. If you’re not familiar, CES is the Consumer Electronics Show, the gathering of all things electronics, which takes place annually in Las Vegas. It runs from Thursday through Sunday this week. I’ve been told that CES is the largest trade show of any kind in the US. While the real focus of products is in the consumer space (hence the name), there is a definite overtone of medical, especially with respect to tablets.
Perhaps the industry have identified that the medial industry still has money to spend in the ragavged economy.
Targeting tablets at medical is nothing new. Microsoft has tried, and failed, at the tablet game at least three times in the past. In most of those attempts, tablets were being promoted as being a good way to handle patient data in hospitals etc. with each doctor/nurse having a tablet.
There have been three large stumbling blocks in the past:
1) Data integrity. Throwing out paper files and replacing with a huge realtime database is perceived to be incredibly risky.
2) Battery life: most medical staff work shifts of up to 12 hours. Most tablets can't run for a 12 hour shift on one battery.
3) Cost, weight and fragility: A tablet is heavy, will break if dropped and is a great target for theft.