The last time my daughter, Maggie, was in Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Motion Computing Tablet PCs were easily seen being used on nursing stations and in patient rooms. That was two and a half years ago.
This weekend, Maggie was back at Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital, which is a whole different story. In between waiting for doctors and trying to pass time, I began looking for those same LE1700 Tablet PCs I spotted several years ago. I couldn’t believe what I saw when I finally found them. They were locked down with Kensington Locks, with the pens gone, in docking stations underneath some nursing stations located next to patient rooms – pretty apparent that they were not to be removed. They had been relegated to just powering external monitors at a nurses station, clearly no longer being used for what they were designed for. I asked a nurse if they used them as Tablet PCs any longer, and she said no. They found the pen, what she called a “Magna Doodle thing”, to be difficult to use, and found the lack of a keyboard to be frustrating. On the main nursing stations, they were using desktop pcs.
I can’t tell you how hard it is to pass that station on the way to my daughter’s room….There is another station just like it down the hall, that I try to avoid, because of the mere pain it brings my heart…..I just can’t take it.