Doctors prescribe iPad Mini: a perfect lab coat fit
Doctors glad that iPad Mini sticks with same interface as its bigger brother
Computerworld - One in three physicians planned to buy the iPad Mini even when its existence was just a rumor, according to a poll of doctors by medical app developer Epocrates.
According to 90% of the respondents to the survey, the smaller size of the iPad Mini is the device's main attraction. The 50 physicians surveyed indicated the iPad Mini will be easier to tote around between exam rooms and on hospital rounds because it fits nicely into the pockets of their lab coats.
Lab coat pockets are 8.5 in. long and 7.5 in. wide. The iPad Mini is 7.87 in. long and 5.3 in. wide.
The use of tablets by physicians for professional purposes has almost doubled since 2011, reaching 62% this year, with the iPad as the dominant device. Half of tablet-using physicians have used their devices at the point of care, according to a study by market research and advisory firm Manhattan Research.
The original iPad offered a lighter, less expensive alternative to the purpose-built tablets that medical personnel had been using, according to IHS iSuppli, a market research firm. The first-generation iPad was popular with physicians even though it lacked a critical feature that they very much wanted -- a camera. The iPad 2 and later models included cameras, which medical staffers use in patient care -- photographing wounds in order to keep a visual record during treatment, for example.
A survey of 3,798 physicians conducted in May last year by QuantiaMD, a mobile and online community of 160,000 physicians, found that accessing electronic medical records (EMR) is No. 1 on the list of ways physicians would like to use mobile technology.
More than 80% of the physicians responding to QuantiaMD's survey indicated that they own a mobile device capable of downloading applications. That means the rate of adoption of smartphones and tablets among physicians is significantly higher than it is throughout the general U.S. population.
Apple products are the clear preference of physicians, according to QuantiaMD's survey. Here's a breakdown of the mobile devices purchased by physicians for their private practices: iPhone, 59%; iPad, 28%; Android smartphone, 21%; Android tablet, 3%; and Blackberry, 11%. Among tablet users, the iPad was virtually the only choice; only a fraction of physicians who use tablets said they had Android devices, according to the survey. Of the survey respondents who don't use mobile devices, 66% said that they're likely to select an Apple product when they do get one.
Dr. Mark Vadney, an anesthesiologist at Jefferson Anesthesia Services in Watertown, N.Y., participated in the Epocrates physician survey. Vadney said he has owned an iPad from "the very first day they came out." He is currently waiting to get a new iPad Mini when they're in stock in his area.
"My current iPad is full of medical apps for ultrasound regional anesthesia, anesthesiology textbooks, and medical calculators," Vadney said. "The new iPad Mini is exciting because it will take a bit of the heft away of the current iPad without changing any of the functionality I need."
Vadney said the iPad's resolution is "terrific" for ultrasound image evaluation. As a non-radiologist, he said the resolution is good enough for his needs.
In addition to Epocrates point-of-care medical applications, Vadney said he uses the Kindle's mobile app (which he uses to download anesthesiology textbooks), a pediatric care medical calculator that generates tables of recommended medication doses, and an anesthesiology ultrasound app.
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