A recent survey of more than 100 physicians conducted by Spyglass Consulting Group concluded that 80 percent of physicians believe the iPad has a “promising future in healthcare,” but they remain skeptical that the device is ready to transform patient care delivery. Gregg Malkary, Managing Director of Spyglass Consulting Group, noted that the iPad is just one component of the overall end-to-end clinical solution and that “significant software innovation” is needed to help the iPad and other tablets to realize their potential in healthcare.
Of the more than 100 physicians interviewed, 98 percent said that they had adopted mobile computing devices to support their personal and professional workflows. The physicians cited a number of reasons for mobile device adoption: ease of use, low costs, lightweight, widespread cellular connectivity, cloud-based Internet-connected apps, and location-based services.
Of the more than 100 physicians surveyed, 75 percent said that their hospital IT staff was hesitant or unwilling to support personal mobile devices on the corporate network because of security, reliability, and cost and maintenance concerns.
Interestingly, about 83 percent of the physicians said their desktop computers were still the primary devices that they used for accessing patient data when at home, in their office, or at the hospital. Physicians said they used mobiles to access clinical information when they were outside of these normal working environments.
In mid-2010, Spyglass published results from a similar survey that found of the (more than) 100 physicians surveyed, 94 percent said they were using smartphones to communicate, manage personal and business workflows, and access medical information. Spyglass conducted a similar study back in 2006 — back then only 59 percent of the physicians surveyed were using smartphones.
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