Friday, September 2, 2011

Thoughts from a hospital CMIO about the HTC EVO View 4G from Sprint

The other day, I had a chance to show off the HTC EVO View 4G from Sprint. I'm testing this small little slate tablet and a hospital CMIO (Chief Medical Information Officer) asked me, "what's that?" Here's the rest of the conversation (summarized):

Me: This is the HTC EVO View 4G from Sprint. I'm testing this for a few weeks. It's a 7" slate tablet running the Android OS.

CMIO: Can I take a look at it?

Me: Sure, but don't drop it.

CMIO: Wow, this is great! It's exactly what I've been looking for. This will fit in my white coat pocket and will allow me to get online through Wi-Fi or 3G/4G. I'm going to get one.

Me: How do you think you'll use this in the hospital?

CMIO: I'll use Citrix Receiver to access our hospital computers. Plus, I'll have access to my email, my calendar, and the web so that I can remain productive when I'm on-the-go. I'm constantly on my feet, so it would be great to have a single mobile device that will allow me to stay on top of all my tasks. Plus, I can scribble notes on the screen by using the digital pen.

The HTC EVO View 4G from Sprint is a nice, ultra-portable slate tablet that will easily fit into a white coat pocket. In many ways, it's the ideal size for medical professionals who want something that's smaller than an iPad. I know that iPads are extremely popular among physicians and medical students, but more and more health care professionals are finding that a slightly smaller device is much more usable in the hospital environment (less likely to get left behind and lost).

The HTC EVO View 4G from Sprint is also unique in that it you can get a digital pen powered by the HTC Scribe Technology. This means that you can draw/write right on the screen if you have the right pen. Here's how HTC describes it:
HTC Scribe Technology enabling enhanced voice-synchronized note taking with the HTC Scribe digital pen using Timemark to capture the audio of a meeting at the same time as written notes
Thinking about a new tablet? You can read about my initial impressions of the HTC EVO View 4G here. I'll sure miss this device when I send it back to Sprint. I may need to get one myself.

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