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Tablet Doc and his High-Tech Medical Office



drselle_tablet_motion_09A few months ago I started going to Dr. John Selle in San Francisco. I was pleasantly surprised by all the mobile technology he and his nurses were using, including a Motion Computing tablet. I published a quick video and the business-oriented BNet took notice. They put together a more comprehensive video showing my doctor’s tablet in action.

I obviously enjoy writing about mobile technology and new products, but it’s much more gratifying to see professionals put this technology to good use. At Dr. Selle’s practice tablets improve patient interaction, cut down on errors and make the doctors more efficient.



  1. tabletenvy

    02/25/2009 at 3:44 pm

    Nice profile.

    Personally, I would find a pure slate a little too restrictive. I just purchased an HP 2730p tablet. Although it stays in slate mode 90% of the time with patient encounters, you certainly appreciate the keyboard on occasion.

    • registrycleaner

      11/18/2010 at 1:46 pm

      I think it’s easier to implement this into small individual business/practice.

  2. Mickey Segal

    02/25/2009 at 5:56 pm

    Doctors don’t want to type when seeing patients – it interferes with eye contact and makes the doctor seem distant. He can use a keyboard when he brings the computer to his desk and docks it.

    Docs prefer docks.

  3. tabletenvy

    02/26/2009 at 12:56 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Segal’s comment regarding typing when seeing patients. Using a slate mimics the traditional interaction one has when using a paper chart and allows better eye contact.

    A typical scenario where I might swivel out the keyboard would be to quickly type out a comment on an absentee note for a patient for work or school and print it. e.g. “John will be unable to participate in PE class for the next week due to illness. He will be re-examined prior to his return to class.”

  4. The Mind Doctor

    02/27/2009 at 4:19 am

    All points well made. I think it’s easier to implement this into small individual business/practice. I struggle to integrate my passion for using tech at work(psych) in a hospital which is part of a Health Board. There are also questions about patient confidentiality, security and patient preferences to take into account.

  5. sbtablet

    02/27/2009 at 7:15 am

    I wonder if the lady in the film still has a job.

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