A new survey by healthcare IT analysis firm Black Book Rankings found that 59% of physicians and practices said they were integrating tablets into their operations, and the iPad was the most popular option in that category.
Black Book’s survey found these medical professionals are looking for a tool that allows them to have easy access to electronic health records (EHRs) and other medical information without having to carry around a laptop or walk to a desktop station.
Just over half (51%) of office-based physicians said they use a mobile device to perform independent medical reference and internet research. But looking ahead, 83% said they would immediately use mobile EHR functions to update charts, check labs, and order medications if their EHR vendor provided such functions.
For accessing medical records, 68% of surveyed physicians and practices chose the iPhone over Android and other smartphones.
This is all becoming more important due to the pending regulations related to the Affordable Care Act, requiring physicians and hospitals to begin storing their patient records electronically.