Study finds one in five physicians plan to buy an iPad

Study finds one in five physicians plan to buy an iPad
We may soon find many health care professionals carrying along Apple’s iPad in the near future as part of their tools to help patients. Epocrates, the developer of mobile applications used by more than 900,000 healthcare professionals worldwide, found in a study conducted to more than 350 clinicians that more than 60 percent have shown interest in Apple’s iPad; with one in five already having the intentions on buying one on launch day. Additionally, 9 percent said they plan on buying one when it’s immediately available while another 13 percent intend to purchase one within the first year. Epocrates announced that they plan on customizing its clinical reference application in light of the iPad unveiling; the app is already available for the iPhone and iPod touch. Rose Crane, chief executive officer of Epocrates, said "By optimizing our software for the iPad, we are capitalizing on the larger screen real estate and interactivity provided by this sophisticated device. We are committed to providing the most productive experience at the point of care, keeping physicians informed and focused on the patient rather than searching for answers." The popular app is currently in use by more than one in five physicians with roughly more than 900,000 clinicians worldwide using Epocrates – it’s also available on other handsets for BlackBerry and Palm. It was actually featured by Apple at its iPhone Software Roadmap event in 2008 and the Epocrates medical reference application was the first available on the App Store. There’s a bunch of uses that the iPad may find itself in a hospital setting; such as providing X-rays, chats, prescriptions, and notes to hospital workers at the touch of a finer.

source: Apple Insider



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11 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I don't think I'd ever buy an ipad (at least not anytime soon) but this does sound pretty cool. I don't really think the ipad is that great, but people will make good apps for it which will make it great I think

2. Cristobal

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 02, 2010

"The popular app is currently in use by more than one in five physicians " Nice to know our physicians are referencing an iPhone/smartphone app to take care of us... Although I can see the iPad being extremely useful for doctors, such as providing X-rays etc.

3. Iphoneluv

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Go Apple:)

4. prettyboy1974

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Newsflash, 1 in 5 physicians don't know anything about a computer. So....not really an accomplishment!

5. ILOVEtechnology unregistered

Your a IDIOT! these are physician from our generation, how do they not know anything about a computer. This isn't a computer it is a IPAD. It's for a person that wants to pick up something real fast and connect to the internet and be a useful tool. Its not for someone looking to do serious work on a computer but apple is in the right direction. Do you not see in the next four years a ipad having computers capability.

6. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

prettyboy..lol...I would think an ipad in an MD's hands could replace their database for figuring what drugs would do what if combined or replace their notepad ;-)..you guys 4get Apple makes products that r easier than yer gamma's apple pie!!

7. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

They already have computers that do this at most hospitals. I am a nurse I can figure this out in a second on our computers. We have also had computers that are basically a computer ipad that they can use if they want but no doctors ever use them because they would rather just use a real computer. Considering there are computers in every room in most hospitals, I don't see this catching on.

8. underoath427

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

OO.... those are the balls of the great company known as Apple.... PhoneArena... please remove them from your mouth. Thank you!

9. jovel16

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 05, 2008

i actually think most doctors use webmd lol

10. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Last time I checked, the iPad can't make phone calls... so why is it on phonearena?

13. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 2010

Interesting point that I would like to expand upon. Yes, you are correct that the iPad does not, on its own make phone calls thus in theory it probably should not be on PhoneArena. Now one could argue that because it will have VOIP capability through Skype, it should qualify. However I have not once seen an article about Skype on PhoneArena outside of being used on a cellphone. So that is a faulty argument. The ONLY way I can see this as being justified is because it is a mobile device that runs augmented cellphone apps. Even that, however, is a weak argument. Now that PhoneArena has MeetGadget, I think its time that these articles were moved over there. Then maybe more people may spend their time there =)

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