Healthcare Input: mission impossible?
I am perplexed. Will we ever find the right input device for clinicians? The ones we have are too big, too small, too slow, too unreliable, too nickable or may carry bugs.
- CoWS (computers on wheels) are too unwieldy;
- Tablet PCs are too heavy;
- PDAs are difficult to read, especially for the longsighted; and
- Handwriting and speech recognition are not accurate enough.
I am partial to a scrap of paper and a pencil when working out, especially at the initial stages. Perhaps I am unable to escape habits learned at school, or maybe I find screens restricting. I like a mixture of words, diagrams and my own heiroglyphs; though some people don’t have this problem and cope easily with what I see as restrictions.
What is the incentive for clinicians to give up paper and pen? What is the right device for them? Could it be Microsoft’s Origami? Or do our clinicians need to change their habits and embrace new ways of working?