Healthcare: The great hope of tablet computing

by Keith Andrews June 17 2013, 5:45 am
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80 percent of doctors expected eventually to be using some sort of tablet-like device in their practice.

Doctors are now trading clipboards for powerful new tablets. As Apple, Google and other major providers are releasing new devices, the industry continues to grow.

When these devices give way to the next generation of instruments (Google Glass?), tablet computing will have developed a healthy relationship in the healthcare sector. They’re compact, portable and have all the basic computing functions on which doctors rely on.

Why doctors love tablets

Citing an article from Scoop.it, 62 percent of doctors in America now use tablet computers. The article also claims that most prefer the iPad, but many use a variety of other mobile devices in the workplace, as well.

One of the reasons doctors love tablets is the versatility of the device. At work, they can be used to access radiographic images, patient reports, and other essential information. Their graphical capabilities make it easy to see images in high detail and point things out to patients.

EHR (electronic health record) software allows physicians to access all relevant information with just a touch. This software doesn’t actually run on tablets – instead, it’s based on a different computer and simply allows the tablet to access it, according to HealthFusion.com.

After the workday ends, tablets are still useful for doctors. By now, app developers have created tablet utility in almost every aspect of life. Just like users from the general public, physicians can create a presentation on a tablet at work, and use the device as a cable TV guide with the DirecTV app at home.

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