The arguments for medical-only tablets
Some companies, such as Panasonic and Motion Computing, focused on the form-factor advantages that they feel make their dedicated devices a better fit for doctors and nurses in hospital and clinic settings.
In an interview with MobiHealthNews, both companies, which have been building medical devices since before the iPad existed, were quick to point out the additional hardware features of their devices as well as designs intended for clinical environments.
Kyp Walls, Director of Product Management at Panasonic, focused on the ruggedness of his company's medical solutions. Panasonic's ToughBook and ToughPad devices are designed for clinical health care use as well for field use in a range of industries including critical infrastructure like power companies and other utilities as well as construction.
[Our tablets] all came about because customers said, we like the form factor, but it doesn’t really work from a reliability, security, sanitizablility context in our environment. Everybody working outside of an administrative category needs something rugged. If clinicians are worrying about equipment and not their patients, they’re less effective.