Doctors in new survey choose the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad to save and access patient files

Doctors in new survey choose the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad to save and access patient files
While an apple a day might keep the doctor away, an Apple or two tells the doctors what to do. In a recent survey, physicians are choosing the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad as the devices they would prefer to use to save and access patient records. Doctors are demanding more medically-related apps and 83% of the healers are planning on using Electronic Health Records (EHRs) on mobile devices to analyze lab results, order meds, and update patient information. 

Just as Airline pilots are replacing tons of paper with iPads loaded with special apps, doctors are replacing paper with iPads loaded with special apps that allow them to find specific information faster and more accurately. The financial aspects of this will amount to billions of dollars saved annually. But in terms of lives saved, that is a much more important metric that will show over time the importance of making this move.

59% of physicians who work out of an office already integrate a tablet into their office practice with the Apple iPad the top choice among these doctors. 68% of them choose the Apple iPhone over other smartphone platforms like Android, and both devices have found their way inside hospitals. One drawback right now is that the EHR's on the iPad or iPhone resemble the paper based forms. 71% of the doctors surveyed say the forms need to be made more "touchscreen friendly" so that medical staff can more quickly find the information they need.

The good news is that this is coming. 122 vendors of EHR record keeping say that they have native Apple iPad versions of their product in the works. Another 135 vendors say that they plan on making the switch from paper to iPad. And while the smaller size of a smartphone screen compared to a tablet makes it harder to use for medical purposes, 89% of doctors carry a handset despite the size of the glass making it harder to use to read X-rays, for example.

A mock up of how the Epocrates app would look on an Apple iPad mini

A mock up of how the Epocrates app would look on an Apple iPad mini


source: AppleInsider

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108 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Good, this should hopefully speed of things. Dont care thats its the iPad.. My file at my doctors office is getting so big I might suggest he start using a tablet. I think they have started doing my prescriptions online so when I leave the office.....its already filled.

13. nokialaamia1

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

What iphone iphone. .I hate iphone ..

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Aww.....you hate iPhone eh? Nobody cares....... ;)

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then here's a good piece of advice... Don't buy one.

44. metalpoet unregistered

well you got a point there buddy lol

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol...

89. nokialaamia1

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Iphone is used by gays in america like justin beiber.

94. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're probably gay yourself, not that anythings wrong with it. Making a comment like that usually means your in the closet. Like people who talk about killing often have those tendencies. It's okay sweetie open the door, and come on out, c'mon now...

98. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

it might be a gay phone ,but a large number of gay people use androids as well , and use pc's , wear t shirts and breathe oxygen ,either you are trying to cover up your unmanliness by becoming a keyboard warrior or you are a real redneck

102. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very true post. Internet tough guys are the worst, most are fat 5'5" cream puffs, leaving in their parents house, wusses, or pedophiles.

103. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oops living

43. metalpoet unregistered

They do it because anybody, even a 3yr old with autism(ive seen it) can work an apple product. I think its amazing that were moving towards a paperless society but Apple is not my first pick but oh well. Now if only we could get most of the doctors to stop being idiots and acting like they dont want to help you because they would rather be driving their Mercedes with there 20 yr younger fake blond wife.

56. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

doctors arent tech savy so its understandable that why they chose apple product.

69. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

Can you say that again?

76. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Doctors aren't tech savy? Dude are you listening to yourself? Are you a doctor? I'm very tech savy, and I love apple products. Before you diss doctors, learn to capitalize, construct proper sentences, and use comas.

79. casbah70

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 21, 2011

I find that the majority of doctors are not very tech savy. My experience has been that most believe they are, but in fact are not. While I don't tell them how to do medical proceedures, they are more than happy to argue with me about compatibility issues and software functionality. It is my belief that a desired image has pushed much of the demand for Apple products.

97. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

how about you shove capitalization and proper sentencing up your anal. if i wanted to write a perfect english sentence i would take a literature course and write essays in that. that comment is simple enough for anyone to understand. you are lucky im not one of those who TaLk lik dis

80. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Metalpoet you know that's one of the reasons apple products sell like hotcakes too. Ease of use is important, and a strong selling point to people, especially impatient ones lol. I'm very impatient and always looking for say, the shortest line, or the emptiest store. It does appeal to people.

82. metalpoet unregistered

I agree with you, excluding the personal experiences I have had with doctors(seen in the comment i left above), I really can understand that an iPad will help speed things up and make the non mdeical stuff easier for those in the medical field.

85. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah and there's nothing wrong with that. My fiancé has the galaxy tab 8.9 running 4.1 jellybean, I love it but actually prefer the easier to "useness" lol of my iPad 3. The touch wiz interface is a lot sweeter though.

2. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

"source: AppleInsider" Ok... PREV NEWS

3. donjunior

Posts: 50; Member since: May 28, 2013

Doc is sick. Dont eat an Apple a day! Samsung FTW.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i know many doctors who use Android tablets as well , but none of them have got a Galaxy Tab ...

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Unless you are a doctor, you shouldn't know many of them. Hope your health is ok.

99. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i was in med school too ......

104. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Got it lol. Red thumbs for saying you were in med school is pure jealousy. +1

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nothing wrong with that. It's not the device that counts, it's the Dr. that's using it.

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i guess the main reason Doctors ,Engineers ,lawyers use iOS because it is uncomplicated considering that they just "need it to work" rather than sit around and run benchmark apps

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol specs specs specs

61. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

as a software engineer i can tell u that my first pick will always be android. ios doesnt even support serial bluetooth. Linux gives us flexibility to use android phones instead of carrying our laptops

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