HSTeChart can run on most Windows computers (laptops and desktops), Windows tablets, and the Apple iPad tablet. The Google Chrome browser is required, and the use of other browsers is not supported. Supported operating systems include Windows 7 (service pack 1) and above and iOS. There is one exception to the previous statement: Windows 10S (a.k.a. "S Mode") is not supported. The product is designed for devices with a screen size of 9 inches or greater, and although the product will function on smaller screens, for usability reasons we only support the 9 inch or greater size.
For security reasons, we strongly recommend using a device that supports Full Disk Encryption (see below). For performance reasons, we recommend a device with a multi-core processor (2 or more) and a minimum of 4 GB of RAM. Since HSTeChart does not permanently store data on user devices, the disk storage requirements are minimal.
Devices that support Full Disk Encryption
- Apple: any version of the iPad (please review the categories below to determine use)
- Microsoft Surface Pro: Any version. Implemented using BitLocker (see list of supported versions here:
- Other Windows Tablets: BitLocker is supported on Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise, and all versions of Windows 8.1 and above.
- ** note that Full Disk Encryption requires that devices be protected with a password. In some cases, Full Disk Encryption is turned on by default and in other cases it must be enabled.
Why Full Disk Encryption?
If a tablet or laptop is lost or stolen, but is password protected, various mechanisms exist to bypass the login screen and directly access data stored on the disk. Although HSTpathways does not intentionally use the local storage on the device to store Protected Health Information, the data may be saved there none the less. For example, a user may take photographs of the patient or incision site, upload them to HSTeChart, and fail to delete the images from the device. Full disk encryption protects against HIPAA violation risks that can result from lost and stolen devices by encrypting the device and the data stored on the device disk.
There are lots of devices that meet the general requirement listed above, but not all devices will provide the same level of responsiveness needed by users. Since the list of manufactures, device models and configurations are constantly changing, HST has opted to use the Geek Bench CPU Score (GBS) as a rating mechanism. To use the information below:
- Look up the GBS score for your device (either your current device or one you are planning on buying),
- Locate the row in the table for the desired "Type of use" (Demanding/Standard/Lite),
- Compare the numbers: if the GBS Score for your device is about the same as or larger than the score shown in the table, then the device should be adequate for your needs.
- If you already have the device and are having trouble looking it up, you can measure its score on the Geek Bench web site: https://browser.geekbench.com/. Scores for some common devices are listed below.
The workflows are divided into 3 categories:
- Demanding: this includes anesthesia and intra-op workflows where the users are taking advantage of the full functionality of eChart. For Demanding use, a device like a new iPad Pro (11 inch) or a Surface Pro 7 or 6 is required.
- Standard: this includes pre-op, PACU, and post-op. For Standard use, an iPad Air (3rd generation) will work.
- Lite: includes registration and patient communication. For Lite use, a Surface Go 2 or a standard iPad will work.