Monday, February 27, 2012

Doctors adopting iPads, so how can hospitals benefit?

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In a recent study from Manhattan Research, they found that of 1200 doctors surveyed in five European countries, 20% said they owned iPads and 27% of those doctors use these devices while at work.  An additional 40% planned on buying an iPad in the next 6 months.  According to TUAW, these rates are the same for primary care physicians and specialists.  Their general use is typically researched based, focusing on medical articles and videos and education of the patients.

Interestingly, in the US, some apps have been created in the hospital environment to help the physicians.  In San Diego, the Palomar Pomerado Health Systems in San Diego developed an App that help the doctors within the hospital.  According to PC Advisers,  an app created that pulled information on the patients in their surrounding area in the hospital and delivered their information to the tablet.

Here's how it works:
Physicians log in to the app, which uses location services to generate a list of their patients who are currently in the hospital. The app communicates with patients' RFID wristbands to determine their whereabouts. And the list is auto generated and sorted by patients who are closest in proximity to the doctor accessing the app.

The app gives doctors up-to-date summaries of patient information including allergies, active medications, lab info, recent vital signs, and more. A doctor can drill down into more detail in each area by tapping an icon, to see, for example, data on recent blood tests, prescriptions, various patient charts and notes, and even look at X-rays.

What benefits can both iPad and Android based tablets have for hospitals and physicians?  Will streamlining the systems and platforms have for both patients and doctors?
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