Doctors have always been early adopters of technology. They were among the first to adopt beepers, blackberries and smartphones in the workplace, and iPads have been no exception. In 2012 the adoption of iPad in healthcare, specifically by doctors and nurses, occurred en masse.
A 2012 survey revealed that 62% of US physicians and 50% of registered nurses owned tablets. And the vast majority of these tablets are iPads (approximately 80%).
So what are doctors using iPads to do?:
- Look up drug information
- Show pictures and diagrams to educate patients about their condition or treatment
- Access patients clinical records
- Look up treatment information for specific conditions
- Read journal articles
The following is a voice-slide which presents 3 new ways doctors can use iPads in 2013.
- Patient education – Real time prognosis and instructions can be recorded straight from the doctor to allow patients to play them back after their visit
- Contextual explanations to improve provider to provider communications – Capturing a doctor’s verbal explanation along with visuals improves clarity and efficiency in patient treatment
- Medical updates for doctors – Keeping doctors up to date on the latest information in the medical field. While doctors can access these updates on their own time, clinics can also track which doctors have been briefed.