iPad health care use by doctors, a comprehensive infographic

MobiHealthNews released a comprehensive infographic on physician use of the iPad, a distillation of their report on the issue.

The iPad has been covered previously on this site. The form factor holds tremendous potential, as this Dartmouth physician noted, “the iPad offers a ‘low profile’ that doesn’t seem intimidating to patients during exams.” That’s especially important as it can allow doctors to maintain eye contact with their patients, versus the more intrusive laptop.

The bottom line remains, however: it’s all about the apps.  Especially those that interact with patient electronic medical records is where the iPad holds the most promise.  Software will be the major determinant in how quickly physicians will take to Apple’s tablet.

Furthermore, young doctors need embrace it. That’s starting already, with some medical schools giving their students free iPads. Future widespread physician adoption is necessitated by today’s medical students viewing it as an indispensable tool as they train.

Click below to view the infographic.

iPad health care use by doctors, a comprehensive infographic

 is an internal medicine physician and on the Board of Contributors at USA Today.  He is founder and editor of KevinMD.com, also on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

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  • http://wellescent.com/health_blog Wellescent Health Blog

    Certainly for the health care sector, the iPad and similar touch computing devices have enormous potential to bring impressive computing power “to the field” where doctors are working. Having a device with the layout of a clipboard and the power of a network connected computer can put information at the doctor or nurses finger tips while also avoiding the need for data entry assistants to port from paper at the back end.

    Smart software designers, including the doctors and nurses, will be the ones to identify the opportunities and make the applications that could see significant adoption.

  • http://thewiredpractice.blogspot.com Mike Koriwchak MD

    Nice article.

    I used an iPad for about a month in my practice, substituting it for my tried and true Motion Computing LS800. Remote desktop and VPN were easy to set up to get access to my server. At first I loved the light, thin form factor, and of course patients loved the “wow” factor of seeing their doc with an iPad. But the shortcomings slowly creeped up on me and I went back to my old tablet, which felt like a breath of fresh air after I upgraded to W7 and DNS 10. The touchscreen on the iPad is too slow and inaccurate on a button-dense EMR screen, even with a stylus. Dragon for iPad / iPod is nifty but not nearly ready to be the workhorse I need for charting in real time. I like the soft keyboard and probably would have become facile enough with it given enough time to practice but I never quite got there.

    Right now my W7 / DNS 10 tablet PC wins hands down over the iPad.