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January 05, 2011

Motion Introduces Tablet Device for Healthcare Professionals at CES

At the Consumer Electronics Show, a number of new tablet devices are being introduced this week. One of them, Motion's new CL900 tablet, is being targeted directly toward healthcare workers.

Why? For starters, it can be washed and sterilized. Try doing that with your iPad (I'm speaking figuratively – please don't put your iPad in a sink of full of soap and water and send me the bill).

According to Motion, the CL900 is suited for clinicians such as respiratory therapists in acute care settings and home healthcare workers out in the field who often “need a reader more than a full function tablet,” to view patient charts and images. While it's a lighter duty product, there are a variety of healthcare applications that need less of a heavy-duty data- and memory-intensive tablet and more the tablet equivalent of a netbook versus a full-featured laptop.

The CL900 offers an alternative to these big, high-powered device designed for heavy data entry or to access multiple enterprise applications at the same time, Mike Stinson, vice president of marketing at Motion, told Information Week.

Priced at about $1,000 and weighing about two pounds, the CL900 is a thin-client tablet running Windows 7 and is powered by Intel’s (News - Alert) Atom processor. Options for healthcare use include two cameras that can be used for video conferencing and documentation of care, such as wound care, noted Stinson.

The CL900 supports WiFi (News - Alert) and cell connectivity, has an IP-52 rated exterior to protect against moisture and dust, and can be cleaned with disinfectant. It has an on-board keyboard for finger-touch or stylus typing.

The tablet, which will begin shipping in the second quarter of 2011, will have a variety of optional peripheral modules, including integrated bar code reader that can be used with drug safety applications, according to the company.

The new CL900 joins other tablets PCs offered by Motion for the healthcare sector, including the C5, which is the company’s “workhorse” tablet model for hospital workers requiring access to multiple enterprise applications and more intense data entry capabilities.

Recently, Motion Computing announced that the Motion C5v and F5v rugged Tablet PCs will feature pre-loaded Skype (News - Alert) software, allowing Skype users to make video and voice calls, collaborate with colleagues, and use instant messaging and SMS/texting features directly from the tablet PCs.

Tracey Schelmetic is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Tracey's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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