Tablet PC’s to Replace PDA’s?

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Tablet PC’s to Replace PDA’s?

According to respondents to the Health Data Management 2005 CIO Survey which included top-level IT personnel, it looks as though the Tablet PC is the clear winner for the choice of mobile computing devices.  Even when pitted against the almighty PDA and subnotebook options, a total of 43% who responded to this particular survey chose the Tablet PC. 

As a PDA enthusiast myself, I am convinced that if Tablet PC’s become thinner, lighter and more powerful, this may be our future replacement for PDA’s.  And to take up the slack smartphones will take over the other PDA functionality and needs, such as “instant on” capability, built-in cameras and basic PIM tasks.

Survey: Future is Not PDAs

Information technology leaders increasingly believe that the ubiquitous PDA will be eclipsed by other mobile hardware, according to respondents to the Health Data Management 2005 CIO Survey.

Asked which mobile computing device will have the greatest impact on health care, 43% of the I.T. leaders surveyed picked the Tablet PC. In addition, 21% chose smart phones as the mobile hardware likely to have the biggest impact, followed by subnotebooks (20%) and PDAs (14%.).

The perception of PDAs in particular has shifted dramatically over the past year. In last year’s survey, 22% of respondents felt PDAs would have the greatest impact, ranking the technology ahead of subnotebooks (18.5%) and smart phones (15.5%). Some 43% of last year’s survey respondents, the same percentage as in this year’s survey, believe Tablet PCs will have the greatest impact.

In January and early February, Health Data Management e-mailed the survey to a sampling of subscribers who work at hospitals, integrated delivery systems or physician group practices, and have the title of CIO/VP of information systems; director/manager of data processing/I.T./I.S.; medical director of informatics; director/manager of medical records; or group practice administrator.

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