Enterprise e-Forms for Windows Tablets
A Tablet PC is a notebook or slate computer with a special digitizer screen which allows users to naturally handwrite with a pen-like stylus. These computers, available from Motion Computing, TabletKiosk, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, XPlore Technologies and others, are commonly available in the commercial market and run Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or XP Tablet PC Edition. Lighter and more versatile than ordinary notebook computers, they’re designed for mobile use by professional personnel in many industries including healthcare. Convertible tablets include full keyboards and have a screen which swivels and locks down for mobile handwritten tablet input. Slate tablets do not have a physical keyboard by default but do include a “virtual” keyboard where letters and numbers can be tapped in if needed.
Using a Tablet PC with wired or wireless Internet connection allows an e-Form to interface with the database to import pre-existing data using abridged information (such as entering the Medical Record Number, Job number or Customer field only) and selecting “Lookup” to auto-populate pre-defined parts of the form such as demographic data, location and other details.
Mi-Co provides a novel paper-like user interface software technology that supports Tablet PCs by presenting an image of a paper-style form on which the user writes, and performing edit checks and business rules validation as the user writes. The software presents a user interface that is like writing on paper. Users may correct or make changes simply by writing over top of incorrect characters. The freeform fields allow for capture of notes, comments, diagrams, and signatures. Audio recordings, photographs and other multimedia can also be attached to the e-Form on the Tablet PC before exporting the data.
Seeing is Believing
I find that Mi-Forms on Tablet PC has a much easier learning curve than other Point of Care documentation solutions, especially for staff that are not accustomed to computers. It is much more user-friendly, and because it captures handwriting, the implementation phase is much quicker than with PDA’s or laptops. I would not consider a change to any other system than Mi-Forms on a Tablet PC. The Tablet is an integral part of our documentation system.