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Tablet technology has become ubiquitous in the hospital setting. Doctors use them to review patient data, demonstrate health concepts, and much more. There are a number of types of tablets available, from consumer models like the iPad to healthcare targeted models like the Toughbook H1. While MDs are lauding the advancement of tablet technologies, there are still a plethora of concerns regarding their use in a healthcare setting. Some of the obvious concerns include privacy issues- if a tablet device leaves the workplace then there is a chance sensitive data could fall into the wrong hands. Other challenges include sanitation issues, like ensuring the devices stay clean in a hospital setting, and gadget overload, faced by many doctors that have too many mobile devices. Despite these concerns, the advantages of tablet technology cannot be ignored. They allow for greater control of patient care through a number of avenues, including the increased ability to monitor patient data remotely and through the ability to look for resources in an easy to access handheld device.