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Med Schools Go 1:1 with Tablet PCs

Medical and pharmaceutical programs at three colleges have recently implemented 1:1 tablet PC initiatives for students and faculty through IT solutions provider CDW Government, which provided hardware, software, and consulting for the three deployments.

Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee has launched the 1:1 tablet program for its nursing program, with the aim of providing an interactive learning environment in which students can more readily capture and manage data. The school issued Fujitsu T4000 tablet PCs to faculty and students.

"We evaluated a wide range of technology solutions before we decided that tablet PCs would provide our nursing students with the best real-world technology experience," said John Bentley, CIO.

Freed-Hardeman's nursing program is in its third year.

Morehouse School of Medicine in Georgia deployed Fujitsu Lifebook T4215 tablet PCs to students in its 1:1 program. The college focuses on training minority students in medicine, biomedical sciences, and other health-related fields.

"Our 1:1 computing program incorporates a learning management system that enables our students to access and utilize our custom online coursework," said Perry Riggins, interim CIO at Morehouse.  "We look at grades and student feedback to measure the effectiveness of individual applications available on the tablet PCs and then adapt the program accordingly."

Finally, Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida launched a 1:1 tablet program for its Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, which presently serves about 300 students. The school chose HP TC4400 tablet PCs for its program.

"While in school, tablet PCs facilitate the electronic dissemination and management of course-related materials and classroom wireless Web access," said Ian Burchette, pharmacy IT specialist at Palm Beach Atlantic University.  "Once in their field, our students are able to quickly adapt to evolving technology such as electronic prescriptions and other online health records used throughout the medical industry."

The school provided fully-loaded tablet PCs, as well as various hardware accessories and addons.

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