The notion that hospitals have the power to shoot down something like this is misleading. Their representative bodies (here in CT its the CT Hospital Association) have been weakened by the trend to for-profit hospitals, in that their members, now a mix of non-profit and for-profits, are no longer all on the same page with the various issues, which severely reduces the lobbying effectiveness of said bodies. The health insurance industry and pharma are calling the shots, being the deep pockets that speak with one voice. Hospitals, doctors and the AARP are shouting from the sidelines. I actually see the insurance industry supporting this if they become convinced by the data. But unless Medicare starts paying for it first it will be a tough sell.
All the fire sale price tells you is that people will spend $100-150 for a very competent tablet with most of the functionality of much higher cost units, at a price point they aren't likely to see again for awhile. Don't read more into this than it deserves.
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