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Medical Tablets / Computers

A tablet computer, commonly called a “tablet,” is a portable battery-powered, all-in-one  mobile computer with a touchscreen display, circuitry. Tablets are typically equipped with sensors, including cameras, and microphone. Rather than a computer mouse, the touchscreen display uses finger or stylus gestures substituting for the use of traditional physical computer mouse. Tablets usually feature on-screen, pop-up virtual keyboards for typing.

Tablets may include physical buttons for basic features such as speaker volume and power, and ports for network communications and battery charging.

The first modern tablet, the iPad, was released in 2010. By March 2012, PC Magazine reported that 31% of U.S. Internet users owned a tablet, used mainly for viewing published content such as video and news. The top-selling line of devices was Apple’s iPad with 100 million sold between its release in April 2010 and mid-October 2012, but iPad market share in 2013 (number of units) was down to 36% with Android tablets selling to 62%.

As of July 2015, the tablet use in the world is nearly split evenly between the iPad and Android tablets with about half the world using the latter, with the iPad holding majority use in North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia and Android tablets are more popular in most of Asia (China an exception), Africa and Eastern Europe.

Medical-Grade Tablets differ from traditional consumer grade-tablets due to:

  • Ruggedized construction
  • Ability to be cleansed/disinfected multiple times

Major Healthcare-focused brands of Medical Tablet Computers include:

  • hp
  • Lenovo
  • Dell
  • Advantech

Visit the Computers/Tablets section on Hospital Tech Review