Below is a guest blog post by Ashley Rodrigue, Healthcare Ambassador at Lenovo.


A doctor might start her day by reviewing her upcoming schedule on her tablet while her coffee brews. When patient appointments or rounds in a hospital begin for the day, she switches to her laptop. She has each patient’s electronic record pulled up on the screen and uses the physical keyboard to take notes during the appointment. When she sits down at her desk in between appointments, it’s back to the tablet. She uses the touchscreen to review lab results and patient scans.


You get the picture – it’s not uncommon for doctors to switch back-and-forth between tablets and laptops all day because each device type has features that are best suited for different tasks. Imagine the challenges of using two (or more) devices each day: The doctor must be familiar with and competent in navigating both devices. She must also make sure that both devices are charged, which can be a difficult thing to remember when your number one priority is providing patient care. The IT organization has to keep two devices up-to-date on software and security updates.


To address these challenges, many healthcare organizations are adopting convertible Windows*  8 Professional Ultrabooks™ - providing the best of both in one solution. Convertibles provide the versatility for use as either a laptop or a tablet. In laptop mode, doctors can use the physical keyboard to enter patient notes. Then, depending on the device, they can flip, twist or bend the screen over backwards to access the touchscreen in tablet mode for a mobile option to use apps.


The promise of convertible devices to improve “bedside manner” is perhaps the number one benefit. The PC user experience should not prevent the clinical professional from focusing on the patient while simultaneously viewing and entering information. With one device, the doctor can master navigation of electronic records, making it simple to pull up the information she needs during a patient appointment. With her focus off navigating the device, she can put her time and energy back into the conversation with the patient.


Managing one device – specifically a Windows device – is also an IT dream. Most IT departments have been supporting Windows for years, so the familiarity with the platform allows them to keep data on convertibles (and tablets) as secure as on laptops.


What is your prediction for convertibles in healthcare organizations?