The Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad has found it’s way into hospitals, clinics and doctors offices. One healthcare IT analyst firm called Black Book Rankings reports that the popular tablet helps make it easier to store patient files electronically and have them on hand wherever the health care professional is.
The demand for the iPad in the health care field is likely to grow as the Affordable Health Care Act will require doctors to file their patient’s records on electronic devices.
Like with most businesses such as schools and government agencies, hospitals are choosing Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products like the iPhone and iPad for their needs. The survey shows 68 percent of physicians picked the iPhone over Android phones and 59 percent off physicians picked the iPad over any other tablet.
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Why Physicians Picked Apple iPad?
According to the Black Book survey, most physicians need a useful tool that enables them to carry all their files and electronic health records without lugging a heavy laptop. 51 percent of physicians with offices claim to use a mobile device when looking up a reference or trying to do research. Doctors also realize the possibilities that could happen with mobile technology as 83 percent of doctors claim they would use mobile based EHR functions to update charts, check labs, as well as order medication for patients.
This means that vendors will have to create an EHR system for iOS. Vendors claim they are ready to start rolling. About 122 vendors said they’re planning to release native iPad versions and 135 of them claim that their systems are in the horizon.
Tablets aren’t the only gadget physicians use at work. 89 percent of physicians use smartphones to communicate with staff. Unfortunately, the small screens make it difficult to navigate information and charts.
The iPad and iPhone are the standard of mobile gadgets, so it makes sense that doctors (and other professionals) would put their trust in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products.