* Doctors will be able to access patient data on tablet
* Healthcare market a major focus for Dell
By Gabriel Madway
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 Dell Inc DELL.O wants
to put its new tablet into the lab coats of doctors, as it aims
to broaden the appeal of the device beyond consumers and tie it
more closely to the company's software.
Dell on Tuesday said it is integrating the new Streak
tablet with its established healthcare software, enabling
doctors to access patient information and electronic medical
records as they go about their daily work.
Dell launched the 5-inch, touchscreen device last month. It
runs on Google's (GOOG.O) Android software and doubles as a
The Streak costs $549.99, or $299.99 with a 2-year contract
from AT&T (T.N). The company said it hopes to get doctors up
and testing the device this fall.
The Streak is one of a slew of tablets that have or will
hit the market this year, following the runaway success of
Apple's (AAPL.O) iPad. Tablets have primarily been aimed at
consumers, although more business-focused devices are on the
The healthcare market is a major focus for Dell. The
company last year spent $3.9 billion to buy technology services
provider Perot Systems, which has a strong base with healthcare
customers and serves most of the hospitals and hospital systems
in the United States.
Dell said the Streak can help extend a hospital's
information network, allowing for secure and fast access to
"When we designed the device we thought about what a
clinician might like, it's perfect size to fit into a lab coat,
and allows you to be able to communicate anywhere," said Jamie
Coffin, vice president of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences.
He said Apple's iPhone is too small for a doctor to use
with patients, while the iPad does not have enough
The Streak will offer access to Dell's mobile clinical
computing platform via an app, tapping into patient information
stored in datacenters, rather than on the device itself.
The Streak has two cameras, to let doctors record images
and upload them to a patients electronic records and track
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Bernard Orr)