Microsoft has found a way to bring together the best of both worlds…a laptop in a tablet form, otherwise known as the Surface Pro Tablet. The use of tablets in the physical therapy industry is slowly but surely becoming a common way for therapists to record patient information. For physical therapists, the Surface Pro can help to make all the difference in enhancing the overall efficiency of the clinic and creating better relationships with patients.
With EMRs and practice management solutions rapidly becoming the go-to way to document patient cases, adapting to tablets can help make recording patient cases a lot more effective. The most compelling reason for why therapists would want to use a tablet would be for the sole purpose that it gives you the ability to access records at anytime, anywhere. Therapists can move from patient to patient while having all of their information with them and not have to return to their desk to make notes.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro was just released this past weekend and at Hands On Technology we were able to get a first-hand look at what this tablet is all about. The Surface Pro is a full power PC that can be used as a tablet or laptop, and it runs the same office and home apps that work with pre-Windows 8 versions of the OS.
The Surface Pro comes equipped with a removable keyboard and a pen. The detachable keyboard comes in handy if you are just looking to hand write notes as opposed to typing documents. Although the Surface is a touch screen device, the pen makes it easier and faster to record and write notes (perfect for a physical therapist), and it even comes with an eraser!
The Surface Pro is 13.5 mm thick and weighs only a mere 2 lbs. Because it is so lightweight, it is easy to carry around throughout the clinic. The battery life is also something to rave about, as it lasts for pretty much the entire day. This allows for therapists to be able to treat their patients then return to the tablet to make notes without having to plug it in and charge it.
Hand written notes are now a thing of the past. Therapists are quickly adjusting to this change and incorporating the use of tablets into their practices. The use of these tablets, like the Surface Pro, will help to increase professional productivity because they are portable, easy to use, and creates for better patient interaction.
The real question now is, is it a laptop or a tablet? We’ll let you decide.
Here is a link with comparisons of various tablets. After browsing through the different tablets, it is important to do some further research to ensure that you are choosing the tablet that can meet all of your needs. If you have any questions or need further assistance we will be happy to help you out!