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51% of physicians regularly use tablets as mHealth tools

51% of physicians regularly use tablets as mHealth tools | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

While smartphones still beat tablets in numbers and frequency of use, physicians generally prefer to do their reading and research on the bigger screen.


Tablets are taking over as a tool of choice for physicians, says a survey by Kantar Media, with just over half of medical professionals using the hand-held computers to read up on the latest journal articles, conduct research on patient care, and email with colleagues.

51% of physicians say they use a tablet during their daily work, while nearly the same amount also use the device for personal tasks. 

The survey of more than 3000 physicians found that nearly a third of respondents use tablets to read up on medical publications and 16% watch webcasts or listen to podcasts on professional topics using their tablets which have been making their way into hospitals and offices at a steady pace, through patient-oriented telehealth pilots and monitoring programs intended to engage patients and give providers an edge over chronic diseases

“As physicians continue to shift their work-related tasks to mobile devices, they must overcome technological hurdles challenging them from completing some of their most important tasks, namely interacting with EHRs and recording clinical notes.”  An unrelated CDW survey adds that physicians can gain more than an hour of productivity by using tablets to help them multitask, with 84% of physicians saying that the devices make them more efficient and happier doing necessary paperwork.

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Digital doctors: how mobile apps are changing healthcare

Digital doctors: how mobile apps are changing healthcare | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Mobile medical apps have become a prominent part of many doctors’ practices. From viewing x-ray results to tracking symptoms and vital statistics, these apps help doctors to diagnose, monitor and treat many common diseases.


Apple's App Store now features an entire collection dedicated to “Apps for healthcare professionals”, and the NHS also offers a library of apps that have been reviewed by medical experts to ensure they are clinically safe.


The prevalence of smartphones and tablets has enabled doctors to take advantage of increasingly flexible access to medical information. Health libraries commonly report that loans of printed material are declining, while subscriptions to electronic books and journals are increasing.


However, the recent growth of biomedical information has left many clinicians suffering from information overload, unable to sort the wheat from the chaff as the knowledge base continues to expand. Doctors need quick and easy access to quality information resources to be able to make informed decisions regarding patient care.


Mobile apps that enable doctors to quickly reference medical research are paving the way for a digital revolution in healthcare


more at : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10488778/Digital-doctors-how-mobile-apps-are-changing-healthcare.html

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What EMR & Medical Software Options are available for doctors who use an Apple Mac !

What EMR & Medical Software Options are available for doctors who use an Apple Mac ! | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

Very few vendors actually support the Mac. Many doctors over the years have wanted a Mac, but would’nt get one due to the lack of Medical Softwares for it. Though lately there has been a surge in the number of vendors promising native Mac versions in the future.

 

"Technology for Doctors is a blog on Healthcare IT by Plus91 Technologies Pvt Ltd."

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Mayo’s iPad study had 98 percent engagement among seniors

Mayo’s iPad study had 98 percent engagement among seniors | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

The Mayo Clinic’s recent iPad trial for cardiac surgery patients, which MobiHealthNews first wrote about in February, has received a good deal of attention forusing Fitbit activity monitors in a clinical setting. But Dr. David J. Cook, who led the study, says the real innovation of the study is unprecedented levels of patient engagement — in patients he repeatedly described as “70-year-olds on morphine.”


“Patient participation is completely dependent on usability,” Cook said at a session at the mHealth Summit near Washington, DC. “Healthcare technology and tools are not meaningful unless they’re integrated with care plans and expectations, and that’s dependent on delivering knowledge to patients. Once you have a usable tool, you can help self-assessment and reporting, data acquisition and aggregation is meaningful, and clinically meaningful algorithms can impact patient outcomes.”


In the study, 149 cardiac patients were given iPads with a specially created app preloaded. The app, called My Care, interacted with patients bi-directionally, giving them a to-do list for the day and also assessing their mobility (both self-reported and via Fitbit data) and pain.

more at : http://mobihealthnews.com/28015/mayos-ipad-study-had-98-percent-engagement-among-seniors/

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The Use Of Tablets In the World of EMRs ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology

The Use Of Tablets In the World of EMRs ~ EMR, EHR & Health Care Technology | healthcare technology | Scoop.it

With a growing number of physicians adopting tablet PCs for their EMR implementations, EMR vendors and IT manufacturers are looking to build compatible native systems to facilitate user-friendly and efficient EMR execution.

 

From table desktops to thin clients and now the tablet, EMRs have been tried and tested on a variety of hardware, each bringing its own benefits and drawbacks. However, the striking surge in EMR adoption on tablet PCs has made providers sit up and take notice of this remarkably promising technology.

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