Slideshow: 8 healthcare tablets for physicians, nurses, clinicians

By Jonah Comstock
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HIMSS13's showfloor had no small number of dedicated medical tablets, some from big tech companies like Panasonic and Fujitsu and others from dedicated tablet companies like Motion Computing. Here's seven devices that were on display at the show, and one that was being shown off in Austin this week at SXSW. Some devices are enterprise tablets designed for a wide range of uses in manufacturing and retail, while others are truly dedicated medical devices.

Panasonic's Toughbook and Toughpad series

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1

Some of Panasonic's devices -- like the 20-inch tablet the company announced at CES this year -- strain the definition of "mobile." Their products range from Toughbooks, which are convertible and weigh up to 8.2 pounds, to Toughpads which are more like traditional tablets. Both lines are fully rugged devices, according to the company. Panasonic also gives their customers operating system options of Windows 8 or Android devices.

Motion Computing's C5t

Motion Computing Ct5

Motion has been in the healthcare tablet game since 2001, and Director of Product Marketing Kyle Sale told MobiHealthNews their strategy for staying relevant is to focus on providing solutions for the clinical workflow as it exists. Built-in features like a barcode scanner, a fingerprint scanner, and serial ports (which can connect to the legacy devices that abound in hospitals) are all selling points that fit in with that philosophy.