The Device team learned from North York General Hospital, which uses a Cerner clinical information system, that many of their clinicians asked for tablets prior to go-live. The tablets were soon passed over in favour of workstations on wheels, due to larger screens and the ability to properly view the electronic medical record.

In general, the CST project will not be implementing tablet-based solutions.

Certain units or specialties may require access to the new clinical information system through their tablet. A project called mConnect is currently underway to make our new clinical information system available on a smaller screen size for certain clinical areas, however the small screen size means that functionality may not be as robust as that offered by workstations on wheels (WOWs).

The CST Device team is currently providing input to Information Management and Information Technology Services (IMITS) regarding a formal Bring Your Own Device program. In addition, the Device team is working with BC Clinical and Support Services (BCCSS) to add a suitable tablet option to the standard device catalogue.