In corporate offices, on the street, in coffeehouses, and in the home, smartphones and tablets are becoming ubiquitous, changing the way people interact with each other and interface with the world. Doctor’s offices are no exception to this trend, as mobile devices like iPads, laptops, and smartphones revolutionize the way physicians capture information and connect with patients.
Laptops and workstations on wheels remain the most popular devices for physician use, since they provide direct access to the full EHR interface, but tablets are catching up quickly. With the popularity and relative cost-effectiveness of tablets like the iPad, Kindle Fire, and other Android devices, even devices not specifically designed for healthcare are finding a place in the consultation room. According to the survey, approximately 30% of physicians and non-physician clinicians use mobile devices to facilitate between one quarter to three quarters of patient services, while 9% indicate that 75% to all of their services rely on mobile technology to some degree.