Hospitals are now asked to record operations in order to maintain a high level of effectiveness. In this respect, Apple’s iPad represents the top choice among doctors who interact with health records.
The Affordable Care Act requires physicians and hospitals to store their patient records in an electronic manner. Therefore, doctors and hospitals are becoming attracted to the capabilities of mobile smart devices like the iPad.
The healthcare industry started to adopt digital technologies for fulfilling the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, and Apple’s iPad and iPhone remain the most popular options for access to records in a quick manner.
As a survey related, 68 percent of surveyed physicians and practices chose the iPhone over Android and other smartphones. In the same time, 59 percent of physicians and practices said they were integrating tablets into their operations. Therefore, the iPad remains the most popular option within this category.
In the Black Book’s survey, physicians are looking for a device that will allow them to have easy access to electronic health records (EHRs) or any other medical information. In this way, they do not need to carry a heavy laptop or to use the desktop station. Half of the office-based physicians use a mobile device in order to perform independent medical reference and internet research.
On the other hand, doctors are aware of the benefits the mobile technology is offering them, and 83 percent said they would use mobile EHR functions in order to update charts, check labs or order medications.
Despite all this effectiveness, there is also a small problem. Doctors complain about the fact that many HER systems are only virtualized versions of the systems seen on traditional computing platforms, which makes it even difficult for them to accomplish various tasks. Almost 83 percent of the surveyed physicians confessed the fact that they want customized, simplified version of their patients’ files when using a mobile app. They do not want to see a full-screen replica updated for a smaller screen.
Apple’s iPad represents a top choice as well in the case of vendors. 122 vendors said that they are preparing to roll out native iPad versions of their products while other 135 vendors claimed that they have considered this option.
Smartphones have become even more popular among physicians, especially primary care and internal medicine doctors. So far, 89 percent of them already uses smartphones to primary communicate with staff. However, the small screen of the Smartphone does represent a problem for larger patient charts, which require devices with larger screens.