206068 Using tablet PCs as fieldwork instruments in health promotion practice

Monday, November 9, 2009

Debra E. Bill, MPH, PhD, CHES , Department of Health, West Chester University of PA, West Chester, PA
C. Michael Baysinger , Division of Communicable Disease Control, Montgomery County Health Department, Norristown, PA
The Tablet PC is a newer technology tool that has applications for fieldwork in public health practice. The purpose of the poster is twofold 1) to describe this new technology and its application to field settings in public health practice; 2) to present findings from a pilot study that utilized the Tablet PC by a group of 26 health promotion students working in field practice settings. It is hoped this poster can communicate the value of this technology to health promotion ractice. The Tablet PC is one of the newest technologies for learning and has tremendous potential applications for public health practice. The design of the Tablet PC with its handwriting conversion to text, as well as, voice recognition to text should enhance the way students perform during field experiences.

The purpose of this project is to determine how a small group (N=26) of health promotion students evaluated the use of the Tablet PC as a new technology for enhanced performance in the field. The specific aims were as follows: 1). Determine student interest in using this new technology, 2). Determine student satisfaction with use of the Tablet PC in fieldwork settings. Each public health professional who received a Tablet PC was asked to participate in a survey about its utility, and the pros and cons of using Tablet PCs in the field and in the classroom. Findings from the survey will be presented and lessons learned about this emerging technological advancement for field work in health promotion.

Learning Objectives:
After viewing the poster, participants will be able to 1.) Identify and explain some key benefits in using Tablet PCs in the field compared to other instruments; 2). describe how health educators and other professionals could plan to apply Tablet PCs in health promotion field practice settings; 3); to identify techniques to assess participant satisfaction with Tablet PCs.

Keywords: Technology, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr Debra Bill is a Professor in the Department of Health at West Chester University in PA,where she has worked with Tablet PCs for more than five years and has 25 years experience in practice settings in health promotion
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.