Over the past few months, I've been exploring the challenge of adding electronic health records to medical practices without breaking the bank.
My doctor, who's about as close to an old-school country doctor as you're going to find in the middle of Central Florida, has been fascinated by this discussion. He's slowly and reluctantly coming up to speed with the idea of medical records, but he blames every penny he has to spend on the government.
On my last visit, I told him about keeping electronic health records on Kindle Fire. He looked at me for about thirty seconds, with that expression teachers used to reserve for particularly troublesome children.
Then he shook his head, said, "It'll never work," and walked out of the examination room.
A few minutes later, when he made his way back to my room (you could hear him grumbling about the computers all the way down the hall), he clarified his statement.
He looked at me, again with that expression, and said, "They're gonna walk." He shook his head and said, "I give them an hour. Only reason my TV hasn't walked in all these years is that it weighs about as much as a Volkswagon."
My doc's TV is a 1970s console sitting on top of a bigger 1950s console. It's not going anywhere.
But Doc had a point. These tablets, even at $200, are expensive, they're small, and his busy office staff (his wife and an ever-changing cranky clerical worker) can't always keep an eye on these devices (or on the front door).
As it turns out, a company called CompuLocks put out a press release talking about their tablet locks. In the release, they quoted an IDC statement from 2010 indicating 91% of corporations had some theft of portable devices that year and 21% of IT managers reported an increase in theft.
Sometimes you can get some really useful information from press releases. This CompuLocks company sells tablet security devices that range from about $39 to $99, designed to secure tablets to tables.
The company even has a Kindle Fire Lock that was $99 and is now $49. So there you go. If you want to deploy your $199 Kindle Fire, spend another $49 and make sure no one walks away with it (and your medical records along with it).