Motion adds dual-input display to top tablet

Motion Computing has upgraded its top-selling F5v tablet PC, adding combined touch and digitiser pen functionality among other features.

The new model enables clinicians to use both two-finger touch and pen capability, which Motion's country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Brett Gross, said was important for clinicians who need to flick through charts at the point of care but also need a stylus for signatures and hand-written data.

The upgrade also includes an enhanced MIFARE Classic RFID reader and integrated barcode scanner, along with improved Gobi connectivity.

Mr Gross said the tablet was designed for professionals on the go in particular environments, including hospitals and clinics as well as ambulances and community-based care.

“It has been designed for walking while working and delivering at the point of care,” Mr Gross said. “The F5v is particularly good for nurses in the hospital environment as it is very hardy and rugged and has been coated in a polymer that means disinfection is easy with common disinfectant wipes.

“The screen is made from Gorilla Glass so they can be dropped or knocked around and won't be damaged. They also have a hot-swap battery function that means you can swap in a charged battery without having to turn the device off.”

Mr Gross said the company's ReadyDock lightweight cabinet was a popular choice for storing and charging the tablets, particularly in nurses' stations where space is at a premium.

The cabinet can store and charge up to 20 tablets at a time, and is now available with Ethernet, allowing the IT department to connect to the tablet PCs while they are stored.

Mr Gross said rugged tablet PCs such as the F5v were a better option than devices such as iPads, which are not built for constant use by different people in busy environments.

“Doctors certainly like iPads but they are much more suited to the business environment,” he said. “For nurses and allied health professionals, particularly in hospitals or aged care facilities, or for community nurses who visit many patients in the home, you need a fit-for-purpose device.”

Motion Computing also distributes the smaller CL900 tablet PC, which now comes with a magnetic stripe reader and barcode scanner, and the J3500, which now also comes with dual touch technology.

Mr Gross said this model was particularly popular for medications rounds, as it can be docked on the medications trolley and allows the nurse to administer drugs and attend to the patient without having to carry a device or return to the nurses' station to input data.

The company is also accepting applications for its annual Motion Excellence in Mobile Point of Care Awards, which will be announced at HIMSS Asia Pacific 2012, which is being held in Singapore from September 17 to19.

Last year's winner was Austin Health, which purchased 90 of the tablet PCs for use by clinicians.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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