With a 5 inch screen, the Dell Streak may be a bit too big for a smartphone and a bit too small for a tablet device, though it seems to be just the right size to fit into a doctor’s coat pocket. For that’s where Dell intends to see its Streak finding application; by aiding doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners to remain updated with the latest medical records and data of their patients. It will be endowed with suitable healthcare software that will make all this a distinct possibility.
It is also here where Dell’s big ticket acquisition, the Perot Systems that had cost a cool $3.9 billion last year to Dell, comes into the picture. Why? Because Perot Systems enjoys a strong presence with healthcare customers and already has the most number of hospitals and hospital systems in the US under its cover. All of this provides Dell with an inevitable position to turn itself into a strong player in the healthcare sector and with the Streak, it seems Dell has just the right sized device to make the best use of the software platform while also introducing a whole lot of functionality.
The vice president of Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences, Jamie Coffin, has this to say of the company’s effort to position the Streak as a device to assist doctors: “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.”
The iPad too has made inroads in the healthcare industry and have been seen making things easier for doctors and nurses alike. However, its a bit too big to be carried everywhere as the doctors go about doing their job. This makes the Streak the right sized device with its 5 inch screen and can eventually turn out to be even better than the current favorite of the doctors fraternity, the iPhone. While a bigger screen on the Streak is surely an advantage over the iPhone, the availability of suitable medical apps will make it even more appealing by allowing secure and quick access to patient’s records.