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Pros/Cons of Devices

EMpoweR™

There are several devices for providers to input and retrieve information from Touchworks, each with its own advantages. The JUP project team supports the following devices. We have listed the pros and cons to assist you in deciding which device will work best for your practice.

Device Type

PROS

PROS


Stationary Device

Stationary Device
  • Provides consistent access to the application
  • Continuous power
  • Scalability
  • Large format screen
  • Maintenance is less than other types of devices
  • Reliability is very good
  • Unit life span is the longest of all devices
  • Theft is limited
  • Damage is limited
  • Not portable
  • Exam rooms may have limited space
  • May impede physician patient interaction if not mounted on a movable arm
  • May not support touch screen functionality
  • Advanced prep for the patient exam is limited
  • Competition for device among caregivers could be an issue

Laptop PC

Laptop PC
  • Small and lightweight
  • Similar in size to a patient chart
  • Portable
  • Battery life is limited to an average of 3-4 hours
  • Because of size, theft may be a problem or units may be misplaced
  • Damage can occur from dropping
  • Cost is more than a standard desktop PC
  • Maintenance costs are higher than stationary units
  • Might contribute to HIPAA security issues
  • Requires a wireless network
  • Failures are more frequent than stationary devices

Tablet PCs

Tablet PC
  • Small and lightweight
  • Similar in size to a patient chart
  • Because of size, less obtrusive during patient interactions
  • Portable
  • Supports touch screen functionality
  • Battery life is limited to an average of 3-4 hours
  • Because of size, theft may be a problem or units may be misplaced
  • Damage can occur from dropping
  • Screen glare can be problematic
  • Screen size is smaller than a standard desktop PC
  • Cost is almost double than a standard desktop PC
  • Screen attachment to unit is breakable
  • Maintenance costs are higher than stationary units
  • Might contribute to HIPAA security issues
  • Requires a wireless network
  • Failures are more frequent than stationary devices