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EMRs on the iPad

June 6, 2011

Since I don’t (yet) have an iPad, I haven’t been following iPad software developments lately. However, I have dreamed of the day I could look up labs at the bedside or have a little alert on a tablet to remind me that a patient’s lab values are back or that a consultant wishes to speak with me. Medical technology is well beyond all that, although so many great gadget and workflow solutions have simply not been implemented.

Michael Kopley of Software Advice wanted me to share their recent post concering Electronic Medical Record software for the iPad. Check out their guide, here. It’s a very sleek summary and a good introduction for someone like me who has been on the fence about buying an iPad since the darn things came out.

MedGadget featured Nimble, one of the software choices, not that long ago. The warm and fuzzy video does demonstrate the way these programs ought to work (and be used). Unfortunately, I – and I suspect many others – work in health care systems in which the hospital or clinic EMR is simply there. You work with it, around it, and despite it; iPad integration is an unlikely perk. Slowly, it will come.

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  1. June 11, 2011 12:10 pm

    AMEDNEWS.COM/BUSINESS June 6, 2011 Issue excerpt…

    According to a survey of 2041 physicians released May 4 by Manhattan Research:

    81% of physicians are using smart phones (up from 71% in 2010.)

    Physicians are showing a clear preference for Apple products for the first time.

    That bias for Apple has extended to the tablet market as well.

    75% of physicians own at least one Apple product.

    “Physicians just really love the ease of use of the Apple iPad”, according to the president of Manhattan Research.

    She said, It’s intuitive, and they know its not going to give them a bunch of technology headaches.”

    30% of physicians are using iPads to access electronic medical records, view radiology images and communicate with patients, Manhattan Research said.

    An additional 28% of doctors plan to buy an iPad within the next 6 months.

    Albany Medical Center discovered a similar trend among its doctors.

    As a direct result of physician demand, the hospital made provisions to allow them to use their own mobile devices to access the hospitals IT system.

    Administrators knew anecdotally that physicians preferred Apple products.

    There was a clear preference for the iPad for accessing email, patient records and applications, and the iPhone was the preferred device for phone calls.

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