One particular note of interest in the survey is that integrated software is definitely pushing the sales of Tablet PCs...as well as other medical devices that use a tablet, such as a portable EKG for reporting purposes...physicians are mobile and thus their information they need has to be mobile...BD
The survey found that 77 percent of outpatient physicians, working in office and clinic environments, believed tablet PCs were a suitable mobile computing device for accessing multi-function clinical applications at the point of care. The referenced applications enable outpatient physicians to access patient electronic medical records, generate structured patient documentation, initiate medical orders, view radiological images and capture patient billing charges.
Physicians are independently purchasing mobile devices with stand-alone clinical solutions to retrieve accurate, up-to-date information to help diagnose illness, determine treatment protocols and prescribe medication, he said. Physicians are using a number of different mobile devices including PDAs, smartphones and tablet PCs.
The physicians in the outpatient settings were, "quite bullish about the prospects for the tablet PC devices in their environments," Malkary noted. Many of them, who may not have an electronic medical record system today, are considering investing in one in the near future. "They see tablet PCs as the one key element that can integrate EMR data with practice management system data. I think a lot of this has to do with the device's maturity in the industry, because products that are coming to market now are integrated with the tablet devices," he said.