Dell wants to get its tiny tablet/big phone Streak into the hands of as many users as possible, and the company is eyeing the medical industry as the perfect place for the device to flourish. In a statement issued today they have announced that they will be integrating their established healthcare software into the Streak to allow doctors and hospital administrators to stay connected to patient records no matter where they are.
The Streak is said to be ideal for this situation because its size is small enough to fit in a doctor’s lab coat but still large enough to easily share information with patients, something that Dell argues the iPhone and iPad just aren’t cut out for. And as Dell already has a major hold in the healthcare industry after purchasing Perot Systems for $3.9 billion, a company with their hand in the technology running inside most of the hospital systems in the US, the move only makes sense.
Dell’s established mobile clinical computing platform will be accessed through an app with information like patient records and history coming down through the cloud. The Streak’s cameras will allow clinicians to snap photos of injuries and attach them to medical reports to monitor patient progress. But my question is, will technology like the streak finally start to cut back on the volumes of paperwork that I have to fill out every time I visit a doctor? That is the technology I want to see.