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Say So Long to PCs in Hospitals



The personal computer has done a lot of good for clinicians in hospital settings, but its days are numbered. Zero-client terminals are quieter, safer, and cheaper to buy and to maintain.



5 comments on "Say So Long to PCs in Hospitals"
Tommy (9/11/2013 at 7:56 AM)

The CAPEX savings are a perception not necessarily a reality. OPEX can see savings in FTE man hours but that can be offset by the increased OPEX of the licensing cost to Microsoft each year depending on the number of clients. Licensing cost(especially Microsoft), and the cost of fast storage to offer up the virtual machine are the current deal breakers for most hospitals. I agree that the VDI brings a lot to the table in rapid upgrades of hardware and software, decreased patch time, security, etc. However, even though the edge device is cheaper to buy than a full desktop that savings is negated for the previous reasons of licensing and storage.
Steve Munie (9/6/2013 at 1:10 PM)

The problem with broad statements are the exceptions. Radiology was mentioned but dismissed. Even if a solution could be deployed to deliver 12 MegaPixels or more to the desktop, the performance of the chipset would not match that of a local WorkStation. Don't try to think that there isn't still a computer where the cables plug in. For the most part it is a very trending movement with many positive benefits. A wide deployment of mobile devices (tablets) along with replacement of desktop PCs throughout the hospital floors is a good strategy.
scottmace (9/4/2013 at 3:03 PM)

No area of the hospital is exempt from this trend.
Tom (9/4/2013 at 2:59 PM)

Understand the zero or thin client in the clinical areas. As you say many have done that for years. With your title for the article you seem to be implying that all PCs including those in Finance, personal offices, etc. would go away. Is that your argument? Seems those areas would offer more resistance.
16788087 (9/3/2013 at 3:53 PM)

google glass a zero client?