MCA = Mobile Clinical Assistant. If you've used a Motion C5 or a Panasonic Toughbook H1, you know what I'm talking about.
Now, for those of you who are familiar with Star Trek: a tricorder is a handheld device used for scanning an area, interpreting and displaying data from scans to the user, and recording information. The medical tricorder is used by doctors to help diagnose diseases and collect bodily information about a patient.
Current MCAs include bar code scanners, RFID scanners, touch screens, and attachment points for other devices such as EKG leads, spirometry, ultrasound probes, pulse oximetry, etc. (many of these are via USB). Eventually, the MCA will evolve to become a tricorder.
So, who's going to be the first company to name their MCA a tricorder?