Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Replacing a COW (computer on wheels) with an Apple iPad

Many hospitals are seriously thinking about replacing some of their expensive Computer on Wheels (COWs, but they don't say "moo") with the Apple iPad. Given that you can open a web browser on the iPad and use virtualization solutions to access enterprise systems, the iPad may be a great cost-effective way to get more computers on the floor of a hospital.

The Apple iPad certainly has a distinct advantage over smaller slate tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab for this type of application because a 10" screen is large enough for this type of application.

Are the days of the traditional COWs numbered? Given how quickly slate tablets are evolving, I'd say the answer is "yes."

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