Table 2.

Technologic Strengths and Limitations

TechnologyNetwork Distribution Capability*Connectivity Across Multiple SystemsContinuity or Longitudinal DataEase of Development
Symbols indicate if, for addressing a given issue, the technology is strongly recommended (++), is recommended (+), is neutral/carries no recommendation (+/−), may work (−), or is not recommended (− −).
PDA = personal digital assistant.
* Based on mining data from more than 1 system. Data mining might be more feasible is only a single system is used.
Mining existing data sources+/−− −++− − *
Tablet PCs+/−++/−++
Thick client− −− −++/−
Browser-based system+++++++
Internet-based system+++++++
Notebook computer− −++