Last week, during the fever pitch surrounding the announcement of Apple's iPad tablet, Software Advice surveyed 178 physicians, nurses, medical students and healthcare IT professionals about what iPad medical software would look like. This isn't our first time talking tablets and healthcare. In April of last year, we wondered if the Apple tablet would become the ideal device to run electronic health record (EHR) software.
Our goal with this survey: Find out what healthcare professionals want in a tablet and how well Apple's iPad fulfills those wants.
Let's see what we found out from our survey results:
Majority of Healthcare Professionals Are Likely to Buy a Tablet
Healthcare workers want to use tablets for a wide variety of tasks. A majority of our respondents said they wanted to use a tablet for all of the above tasks except for billing, coding and claims.
Ease of Use and Software Selection are Top Reasons for Tablet Selection
- "Shoehorning a desktop OS into a tablet does NOT work. This has been the approach of Microsoft and hence no uptake. A modal interface like the iPhone is more suitable to touchscreen use and makes more sense in this setting."
- "Why use a new product when old ones are properly doing their jobs?"
- "Lack of a streamlined, polished UI for task specific functions inclusive of each practitioner's duties."
- "I have worked in ERs that have them and they never seem to work. Low battery life? Unstable software? Limited functionality, too (not integrated with imaging)."
What are your thoughts on tablets in healthcare? Is the iPad the tablet healthcare workers have been waiting for? Or is it another tablet that just isn't quite there yet for the healthcare industry in terms of functionality?
- Health IT Professional: 29% (52)
- Physician: 28% (50)
- Nurse: 16% (29)
- Other: 14% (23)
- Student: 12% (22)
- Admin support: 1% (2)