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As physician practices and hospitals are increasingly required to bring their operations into the present with digitized records, Apple's iPad is the device of choice when it comes to doctors interacting with health records, a new study shows.

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Doctors and hospitals are hungry for apps that take full advantage of the capabilities of mobile devices like the iPad, according to data from Black Book Rankings, a healthcare IT analysis firm. This is becoming more important due to impending regulations stemming from the Affordable Care Act, requiring physicians and hospitals to begin storing their patient records electronically.

As the healthcare industry moves to adopt digital technologies, Apple's iPad and iPhone remain popular options for access to records on the go. Sixty-eight percent of surveyed physicians and practices chose the iPhone over Android and other smartphones. Fifty-nine percent of physicians and practices said they were integrating tablets into their operations, and the iPad was the most popular option in that category.

Physicians, Black Book's survey found, are looking for a tool that allows them to have easy access to electronic health records (EHRs) and other medical information without having to carry around a laptop or walk to a desktop station. Just over half (51 percent) of office-based physicians said they use a mobile device to perform independent medical reference and internet research. Doctors, though, are aware of the possibilities inherent in mobile devices: 83 percent said they would immediately use mobile EHR functions to update charts, check labs, and order medications if their EHR vendor provided such functions.

Part of the problem lies in the lack of digital health record functions that are native to the touchscreen interfaces that typify mobile devices. Many EHR systems are virtualized versions of the systems seen on traditional computing platforms, meaning it is much harder for physicians to quickly accomplish tasks.

Eighty-three percent of surveyed physicians said they wanted customized, simplified versions of their patients' charts when using a mobile app, not just a replica of what is presented on a full-sized laptop. Seventy-one percent of physicians said apps should be optimized for touchscreen capabilities.

Vendors supplying EHR systems have indicated that they're ready to move to the iPad in order to address physicians' concerns: 122 vendors told Black Book that they're preparing to roll out native iPad versions of their products, while another 135 claimed such a product was on their near strategic horizons.

Smartphones are also popular among physicians, especially primary care and internal medicine doctors. Among those, 89 percent of them use smartphones to primarily communicate with staff. The small screens on smartphones, though, were a hindrance to physicians, who must navigate patient charts and perform other functions that require more screen real estate.
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Just face it. The iPad is the standard in just about every imaginable industry and business that deploys tablets, from medicine, to airlines, to restaurants, to clothing stores, to warehouses, in real estate, you name it. I would think twice about doing business with any business that deploys Android tablets, for a number of obvious reasons.

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Just face it. The iPad is the standard in just about every imaginable industry and business that deploys tablets, from medicine, to airlines, to restaurants, to clothing stores, to warehouses, in real estate, you name it. I would think twice about doing business with any business that deploys Android tablets, for a number of obvious reasons.

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Just face it. The iPad is the standard in just about every imaginable industry and business that deploys tablets, from medicine, to airlines, to restaurants, to clothing stores, to warehouses, in real estate, you name it. I would think twice about doing business with any business that deploys Android tablets, for a number of obvious reasons.

That is more or less what I see in my world. But there is emerging need and adoption of NFC for specific applications. In that situation, Android tablets (and handhelds) are pretty much the only option, unless one wants to give BB10 a try (but I don't think the Playbook has an NFC option, even if the hardware was considered a viable alternative). 

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That is more or less what I see in my world. But there is emerging need and adoption of NFC for specific applications. In that situation, Android tablets (and handhelds) are pretty much the only option, unless one wants to give BB10 a try (but I don't think the Playbook has an NFC option, even if the hardware was considered a viable alternative). 

Are you thinking about NFC payments and such?

 

Yes, there have been devices that have that already, but as we all know, it hasn't taken off yet, because Android is not influential.

 

I am fairly certain that Apple has been working on their own solutions for a while and they will be coming out with it when the time is right, and that is also when we will start to see it take off and get more widely adopted.

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In my health care provider's outpatient treatment areas, there is a Windows computer in every room. The nurse can log in and enter in BP and other physical records and then log out. When the physician enters the room they log in through the same computer to access or update your records.

 

In the scenario often being proposed by medical use iPad advocates is that each person will carry around an iPad and do away with the computer terminals altogether. Using iPads might make sense when physicians are visiting admitted patients in the hospital instead of using a clipboard and then letting their assistant record the digital records from the hard copy, but it does require larger lab coat pockets and also carrying around a tablet all day, but on the plus side it does offer better security for the patient data. Even though the iPads aren't that heavy, it is an additional bulky item to tote around all day. It could also use up more of the physician's time as they would have to complete the entire digital record themselves instead of having their assistant do it.

 

But back to the treatment rooms issue, it seems to me more efficient to leave the computer in the room than for every one of the people involved with your outpatient visit to have their own iPad. Often that is three people. The preliminary nurse's assistant, then the doctor and possibly a LPN assisting the doctor. As it is now they don't have to carry anything and all use the same Windows terminal. I'm not sure how an iPad really improves efficiency in this situation.


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This is where the iPad mini shines. It's lighter than the regular iPad and slips easily into the large hip pocket in coats and tunics. There's also a market for those who can come up with accessories and apps for medical staff. Cases need to look medical and protect well, including from chemicals. Email and messaging apps specifically designed for in-hospital use should also be popular.
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No surprise here. iPad is the standard and nobody even comes close. The also-rans need to just face facts and give up. Outside of perhaps a Kindle, nobody wants or has use for their junk.
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It's only a matter of time until an iPad can do much of the work that doctors currently do.

At least the screening and basic diagnosis.

 

All it would need is an artificial intelligence rule-based diagnostic app, a hardware dongle

that can check basic patient data like body temperature (and maybe take blood samples etc.)

And, of course, upgrades to Siri (or a Siri API) for question-and-answer sessions like "How long

have you had that cough?" and "Where does it hurt?" and "How many marbles did you swallow?"

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But back to the treatment rooms issue, it seems to me more efficient to leave the computer in the room than for every one of the people involved with your outpatient visit to have their own iPad. Often that is three people. The preliminary nurse's assistant, then the doctor and possibly a LPN assisting the doctor. As it is now they don't have to carry anything and all use the same Windows terminal. I'm not sure how an iPad really improves efficiency in this situation.

I would argue even replacing that single Windows terminal with a single iPad dedicated to a room would be an improvement. The iOS touch interface is far quicker and more informative than the archaic interfaces I've seen running on most of those Windows terminals. If the Windows terminals were running some amazing cutting-edge software that required a desktop environment, that would be different. But I constantly see nurses and techs confusing themselves trying to jump around between screens and mazes of jumbled field boxes with arrow keys and pointers.

 

Even tech-support and mobility within the room would be improved over having a heavy rolling cart and jumbled wiring for a clunky computer+screen+keyboard. Think of how more and more stores/restaurants are switching to one iPad to replace their Windows terminal once used for complex POS systems.

 

*I wonder what the network connectivity issues would be for hospitals and clinics going from wired to wireless.


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It's only a matter of time until an iPad can do much of the work that doctors currently do.

At least the screening and basic diagnosis.

 

All it would need is an artificial intelligence rule-based diagnostic app, a hardware dongle

that can check basic patient data like body temperature (and maybe take blood samples etc.)

And, of course, upgrades to Siri (or a Siri API) for question-and-answer sessions like "How long

have you had that cough?" and "Where does it hurt?" and "How many marbles did you swallow?"

 

You're delusional, or you've been watching too many cheesy SciFi movies.

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It's only a matter of time until an iPad can do much of the work that doctors currently do.

At least the screening and basic diagnosis.

 

All it would need is an artificial intelligence rule-based diagnostic app, a hardware dongle

that can check basic patient data like body temperature (and maybe take blood samples etc.)

And, of course, upgrades to Siri (or a Siri API) for question-and-answer sessions like "How long

have you had that cough?" and "Where does it hurt?" and "How many marbles did you swallow?"

 

I theorize that within 5-7 years almost all initial medical diagnoses will be easily achieved by an Apple product. Artificial intelligence and 'embedded sensors everywhere' is about to get real.

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I theorize that within 5-7 years almost all initial medical diagnoses will be easily achieved by an Apple product. Artificial intelligence and 'embedded sensors everywhere' is about to get real.

Imagine your doctor calling in a prescription for a pill that will precede your visit by a day or two. You take it when the doctor says to then when you go to the doctor he can pull the data from the pill.

I'd actually like something more preventive. Either a pill you ingest every so often that a home device can pull data from or a machine that will take a drop of blood as a sample every day or few days. It reads the levels and determines what you need to do to balance out your diet or exercise to maintain optimal health. It could inform you of potential changes that you may want to see a doctor for, like the "Check engine soon" light on a car's dash.

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I would argue even replacing that single Windows terminal with a single iPad dedicated to one room would be an improvement. The iOS touch interface is far quicker and more informative than the archaic interfaces I've seen running on those Windows terminals. Even from a tech-support perspective an iPad in every room is better than a clunky computer+screen+keyboard in every room. For example, think of how more and more stores/restaurants are switching to one iPad to replace their one Windows terminal once used for complex POS systems.

I would have to disagree because an iPad does not have multiple users. In the case of the treatment area, each user has a different permission level. The Windows machines are using IE browser as the computer interface.

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I would think twice about doing business with any business that deploys Android tablets, for a number of obvious reasons.

I've stopped flying American Airlines (partially) for this reason.

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Imagine your doctor calling in a prescription for a pill that will precede your visit by a day or two. You take it when the doctor says to then when you go to the doctor he can pull the data from the pill.

I'd actually like something more preventive. Either a pill you ingest every so often that a home device can pull data from or a machine that will take a drop of blood as a sample every day or few days. It reads the levels and determines what you need to do to balance out your diet or exercise to maintain optimal health. It could inform you of potential changes that you may want to see a doctor for, like the "Check engine soon" light on a car's dash.

Sounds awesome, but would this pill transmit data wirelessly through the membranes of our bodies? What are the health implications of that? Or maybe the pill would dissolve and the data it collected would transmit to a device when leaving our body - either as evaporating sweat or other "emissions" :)

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I'd actually like something more preventive. ...or a machine that will take a drop of blood as a sample every day or few days. It reads the levels and determines what you need to do

With a single drop of blood you can only do one very basic test. Some tests require a lot more than a drop. To really do a comprehensive blood test you need quite a bit of blood because each test has its own machine. They don't do multiple tests with the same sample as many of the tests are destructive to the sample.

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I would think twice about doing business with any business that deploys Android tablets, for a number of obvious reasons.

 

I don't really care if a business uses Android or iPad as long as they can provide the service I need.

 

However, I refuse to visit (or patronize) websites where they don't have a content section specifically for iPads (for example, by using Flash). There are over 100 million iPads in use, and for a web developer to exclude that market is ridiculous. I'm amazed there are still large companies whose websites don't properly work on an iPad. No webmaster with any amount of common sense would ignore that large of a market so the only thing I can think of is some companies employ a webmaster that happens to be an Apple hater and refuses to take iPads into account. Even worse that the company hasn't fired their a$$ over such an obvious oversight.

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You're delusional, or you've been watching too many cheesy SciFi movies.

Which aspect is delusional other than the cost associated "a hardware dongle that can check basic patient data like body temperature (and maybe take blood samples etc.)?" Only the cost is questionable as such simple measurements are currently possible via hardware accessories for iOS.
  • The graphics processor in current generation of iPad has far more processing power than the most powerful supercomputer twenty years ago. How much processing power will an iPad have in the next decade with the same form factor using a SoC created using 10 nm process technology?
  • We already have somewhat reliable speech recognition.
  • We already have context aware artificial intelligence.
  • We already have numerous clinical decision support systems.
  • We already have codified disease classification as well as communications standards in medicine to facilitate electronic data interchange.
  • Computer Aided Detection is arguably already the standard of care in Digital Mammography.
  • Physicians are often being replaced by physician extenders in non-emergent care (musculoskeletal injuries, ear-nose-throat complaints, etc.).

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My daughter is Anesthesiologist and every function I'm invited to, birthdays, parties, etc...all her friends are docs and they all have the latest iPhones & iPads! Pretty cool!
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I would have to disagree because an iPad does not have multiple users. In the case of the treatment area, each user has a different permission level. The Windows machines are using IE browser as the computer interface.

True, iPads don't have multiple users on the system level (yet). But apps do. 

And when I say "interface" I mean the interface of using keys and mouse pointers to navigate ugly complicated forms vs. a touch-optimized interface. And while web browsers are capable of rendering better UI design than is currently being deployed, I think a well-executed UI on a touchscreen interface would still be more efficient and user-friendly for quick data collection and consumption.

MayoClinic example: http://www.apple.com/ipad/business/profiles/mayo-clinic/


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There maybe a sizable number of doctors using iPad but a huge number of other individuals are using Kindle Fire and other brands from China.

With all due respect, I disagree.
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Imagine your doctor calling in a prescription for a pill that will precede your visit by a day or two. You take it when the doctor says to then when you go to the doctor he can pull the data from the pill.

I'd actually like something more preventive. Either a pill you ingest every so often that a home device can pull data from or a machine that will take a drop of blood as a sample every day or few days. It reads the levels and determines what you need to do to balance out your diet or exercise to maintain optimal health. It could inform you of potential changes that you may want to see a doctor for, like the "Check engine soon" light on a car's dash.

We have numerous home health monitoring solutions available today. Unfortunately, the cost of a comprehensive monitoring solution is prohibitive:
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Glucose
  • Weight Scales
  • Oxygen Saturation
  • Heart Rate
  • Pulse
  • Electrocardiography



The challenge is that most healthy people want a solution that doesn't require any active participation whereas for many people needing care require much more invasive and pervasive monitoring.
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Token Physician here. I'll add in my 2 cents, considering I just posted about the same exact thing on Quora.

 

I own and use a variety of iPads. I have a work issued iPad 2 3G, a personal iPad 2 (will be selling soon), and an iPad mini Verizon LTE.

I switched to a mini because of what it excels at, the ultimate in portable computing.  I use it every day, with every patient for the following: e-Prescribe meds (through a web app), secure web email with patients (same web app), access my contacts list (for referrals), look up ICD9 codes (Dr ICD9 from DrChrono) patient education with some increadible iOS apps (see 3D4Medical), perform specialty specific disease activity measures and calculators, and quick access to medical research in the exam room (UpToDate).

I also use the iPad mini to keep me up to date to read medical journals through a variety of apps (Papers, docwise, Medpage today, Flipboard, twitter, etc.). Dropbox is very helpful when it comes to this.

I do not use my work issued iPad 2 as much as the size is a bit cumbersome, although I may take it to a meeting to take notes (via the Logitech Ultrathin iPad keboard case/cover).

Do I also use the iPad mini for personal use? Sure. I watch netflix, HBO, few games, art work, photos, shopping, reading, etc. 



Separate from the above is about the EHR. My office does not have an EHR, yet, but will probably be like 30% of hospitals and get Epic. Epic and most EHR vendors do not have any native iPad app. The few that claim to support an iPad do it through a VNC or VPN such as Citrix or VMWare, which is a lousy way of working on an iPad. There are only a few companies that are very dedicated to the iPad as an EHR platform, with DrChrono and Nimble EMR coming to mind. 

So why don't most EHR vendors develop a native iOS experience? Who knows, but IMHO it comes down to a few things: the HiTECH Act's Meaningful Use requirements have only served to stifle innovation, consume vendor resources away from usability and towards govt requirements, and to strengthen large enterprise vendors in favor of smaller startups. The other reason could just be bad leadership at an EHR vendor in regards to usability and UI/UX.

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This is where the iPad mini shines. It's lighter than the regular iPad and slips easily into the large hip pocket in coats and tunics. There's also a market for those who can come up with accessories and apps for medical staff. Cases need to look medical and protect well, including from chemicals. Email and messaging apps specifically designed for in-hospital use should also be popular.

The iPad mini fits into standard lab coat pockets. I work in hospital medicine and it comes with me on my rounds. I have purchased antimicrobial back skins and keep it covered in a DodoCase. I use a glass screen protector which can withstand cleaning with alcohol swabs or the chlorhexadine wipes found on the floors. There are some medical grade protectors, but right now they are too bulky.

I wholly agree with the article that the iPad interface is a replica of the EHR we use and is awkward because it depends on scroll bars to navigate up and down a page, does not support touch scrolling. So when I am post call, I wait until I get to my Mac to sign the few orders that are outstanding.

Have not checked in a while, but I believe there is only one Mac based fully certified EHR called MacPractice. There may be others developed in the past year or so. There are a multitude of apps that do basic medical testing including one that will take an EKG off a dongle you attach to your iPhone. There is a scanning app that apparently tests urinalysis strips, though the FDA is claiming as a medical device and wants medical device review before it can be marketed as such.

Medical reference apps have been around for a long time. Epocrates started out on the Palm platform, earlier this year they released an app optimized for the iPad. I utilize a paid subscription of it and it is my go to for lab interpretations, drug to drug interactions, looking up weird disease states, and has a large atlas of illustrations of various conditions.

Am definitely looking towards a medial ecosystem based on OS and iOS!
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I also forgot to mention that one of the biggest complaints from patients that fill out post hospitalization satisfaction surveys is that they perceive their providers spend more time on the computer that speaking or caring for them. This gets tabulated in what is referred to as HCAPS surveys and Medicare and many insurances base reimbursement on the aggregate scores of these surveys and the provider quality bonuses are based on these as well.

I have always found the "cows" computer on a cart setups to be extremely distancing and distracting in the hospital or exam rooms. I have sat next to my patients, shared content on my iPad and they do not react in the same way. It is shared experience to them rather that something I have to turn my attention away from the patient. That goes miles towards patient satisfaction.
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Additionally as to why personal iPads? Then all the reference materials specific to an individual provider's area of service are loaded and to hand, along with patient record access. Much like airline cockpits going paperless so is the lab coat pocket.... Oh also that way there's one less surface to cross contaminate each visitor.

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Just face it. The iPad is the standard in just about every imaginable industry and business that deploys tablets, from medicine, to airlines, to restaurants, to clothing stores, to warehouses, in real estate, you name it. I would think twice about doing business with any business that deploys Android tablets, for a number of obvious reasons.

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Token Physician here. I'll add in my 2 cents, considering I just posted about the same exact thing on Quora.

I own and use a variety of iPads. I have a work issued iPad 2 3G, a personal iPad 2 (will be selling soon), and an iPad mini Verizon LTE.




I switched to a mini because of what it excels at, the ultimate in portable computing.  I use it every day, with every patient for the following: e-Prescribe meds (through a web app), secure web email with patients (same web app), access my contacts list (for referrals), look up ICD9 codes (Dr ICD9 from DrChrono) patient education with some increadible iOS apps (see 3D4Medical), perform specialty specific disease activity measures and calculators, and quick access to medical research in the exam room (
UpToDate

).




I also use the iPad mini to keep me up to date to read medical journals through a variety of apps (Papers, docwise, Medpage today, Flipboard, twitter, etc.). Dropbox is very helpful when it comes to this.




I do not use my work issued iPad 2 as much as the size is a bit cumbersome, although I may take it to a meeting to take notes (via the Logitech Ultrathin iPad keboard case/cover).




Do I also use the iPad mini for personal use? Sure. I watch netflix, HBO, few games, art work, photos, shopping, reading, etc. 








Separate from the above is about the EHR. My office does not have an EHR, yet, but will probably be like 30% of hospitals and get Epic. Epic and 
most 

EHR vendors do not have any native iPad app. The few that claim to support an iPad do it through a VNC or VPN such as Citrix or VMWare, which is a lousy way of working on an iPad. There are only a few companies that are very dedicated to the iPad as an EHR platform, with DrChrono and Nimble EMR coming to mind. 




So why don't most EHR vendors develop a native iOS experience? Who knows, but IMHO it comes down to a few things: the HiTECH Act's Meaningful Use requirements have only served to stifle innovation, consume vendor resources away from usability and towards govt requirements, and to strengthen large enterprise vendors in favor of smaller startups. The other reason could just be bad leadership at an EHR vendor in regards to usability and UI/UX.

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Token Physician here. I'll add in my 2 cents, considering I just posted about the same exact thing on Quora.

I own and use a variety of iPads. I have a work issued iPad 2 3G, a personal iPad 2 (will be selling soon), and an iPad mini Verizon LTE.




I switched to a mini because of what it excels at, the ultimate in portable computing.  I use it every day, with every patient for the following: e-Prescribe meds (through a web app), secure web email with patients (same web app), access my contacts list (for referrals), look up ICD9 codes (Dr ICD9 from DrChrono) patient education with some increadible iOS apps (see 3D4Medical), perform specialty specific disease activity measures and calculators, and quick access to medical research in the exam room (
UpToDate

).




I also use the iPad mini to keep me up to date to read medical journals through a variety of apps (Papers, docwise, Medpage today, Flipboard, twitter, etc.). Dropbox is very helpful when it comes to this.




I do not use my work issued iPad 2 as much as the size is a bit cumbersome, although I may take it to a meeting to take notes (via the Logitech Ultrathin iPad keboard case/cover).




Do I also use the iPad mini for personal use? Sure. I watch netflix, HBO, few games, art work, photos, shopping, reading, etc. 








Separate from the above is about the EHR. My office does not have an EHR, yet, but will probably be like 30% of hospitals and get Epic. Epic and 
most 

EHR vendors do not have any native iPad app. The few that claim to support an iPad do it through a VNC or VPN such as Citrix or VMWare, which is a lousy way of working on an iPad. There are only a few companies that are very dedicated to the iPad as an EHR platform, with DrChrono and Nimble EMR coming to mind. 




So why don't most EHR vendors develop a native iOS experience? Who knows, but IMHO it comes down to a few things: the HiTECH Act's Meaningful Use requirements have only served to stifle innovation, consume vendor resources away from usability and towards govt requirements, and to strengthen large enterprise vendors in favor of smaller startups. The other reason could just be bad leadership at an EHR vendor in regards to usability and UI/UX.

I will respectfully disagree with the statement "HiTECH Act's Meaningful Use requirements have only served to stifle innovation, consume vendor resources away from usability and towards govt requirements, and to strengthen large enterprise vendors in favor of smaller startups."
  • I have consulted on the design of clinical information systems for major medical device vendors. There is absolutely nothing in HIPAA or HITECH that we wouldn't or shouldn't have designed or developed in the product even without rules and regulations. In fact, the requirements of HIPAA and HITECH are laughable compared to our design constraints.
  • The consideration and effort dedicated to the user experience in clinical information systems is criminal with or without HIPAA and HITECH.
  • Although many healthcare enterprises still do not have electronic medical records, the market is fairly mature so startups have difficulty penetrating the already saturated market especially when "no one ever got fired for buying [major medical device vendor]."

FDA is a different story though.

The major issue is architecture. The major medical systems vendors developed systems more than a decade ago in many instances. In many instances these systems haven't withstood the test of time. The technology available to medical device vendors today is simply amazing compared to the absolute garbage that was rushed out the door in a race for market share a decade ago.
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As always there are mixed opinions. The legacy world of windows dominates many fields, but there are many who also prefer OSX and iOS given a choice. Developers must give a choice and the clear answer will prevail. Stability and easy of use. I could not tell you how may PC's I have seen in hospitals and offices of MD's that do not work well mechanically. Batteries are a problem with windows laptops. It will be years before the medical technology group and developers get it together, if then. The only way my MD's can access shared information right now is if they are all members of the same geographically centered group that agrees to share information. Aside from this, I cannot tell you the number of times the information my physicians store on me has been incorrect - sloppy work to say the least. No wonder our medical treatment costs so much.

So, just how difficult is it to share data between systems - Ask the IRS, Customs, Passport, and law enforcement - they all have their own problems.
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Are you thinking about NFC payments and such?

 

Yes, there have been devices that have that already, but as we all know, it hasn't taken off yet, because Android is not influential.

 

I am fairly certain that Apple has been working on their own solutions for a while and they will be coming out with it when the time is right, and that is also when we will start to see it take off and get more widely adopted.

Nope. NFC's applications go far beyond mobile payment. The fact that NFC payment hasn't taken off is not due to Android's influence, or alleged lack thereof. There is a world out there that is not about iOS v. Android. There is a world out there that is not just about phones.


Edited by stelligent - 5/31/13 at 1:26pm
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I've stopped flying American Airlines (partially) for this reason.

Dude, I crossed Ford off my list as far as car choices b/c of MS Sync....and tesla b/c of android. Shame.
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Just face it. The iPad is the standard in just about every imaginable industry and business that deploys tablets, from medicine, to airlines, to restaurants, to clothing stores, to warehouses, in real estate, you name it. I would think twice about doing business with any business that deploys Android tablets, for a number of obvious reasons.

And the US Air Force! (I think I have that right)

Off topic: The largest Air Force in the world is the U.S. Air Force the second largest Air Force in the world is the U.S. Navy! 1smile.gif
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In my health care provider's outpatient treatment areas, there is a Windows computer in every room. The nurse can log in and enter in BP and other physical records and then log out. When the physician enters the room they log in through the same computer to access or update your records.

In the scenario often being proposed by medical use iPad advocates is that each person will carry around an iPad and do away with the computer terminals altogether. Using iPads might make sense when physicians are visiting admitted patients in the hospital instead of using a clipboard and then letting their assistant record the digital records from the hard copy, but it does require larger lab coat pockets and also carrying around a tablet all day, but on the plus side it does offer better security for the patient data. Even though the iPads aren't that heavy, it is an additional bulky item to tote around all day. It could also use up more of the physician's time as they would have to complete the entire digital record themselves instead of having their assistant do it.

But back to the treatment rooms issue, it seems to me more efficient to leave the computer in the room than for every one of the people involved with your outpatient visit to have their own iPad. Often that is three people. The preliminary nurse's assistant, then the doctor and possibly a LPN assisting the doctor. As it is now they don't have to carry anything and all use the same Windows terminal. I'm not sure how an iPad really improves efficiency in this situation.

Good point! Perhaps an iPad in every room? 1smile.gif
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I will respectfully disagree with the statement "HiTECH Act's Meaningful Use requirements have only served to stifle innovation, consume vendor resources away from usability and towards govt requirements, and to strengthen large enterprise vendors in favor of smaller startups."
  • I have consulted on the design of clinical information systems for major medical device vendors. There is absolutely nothing in HIPAA or HITECH that we wouldn't or shouldn't have designed or developed in the product even without rules and regulations. In fact, the requirements of HIPAA and HITECH are laughable compared to our design constraints.
  • The consideration and effort dedicated to the user experience in clinical information systems is criminal with or without HIPAA and HITECH.
  • Although many healthcare enterprises still do not have electronic medical records, the market is fairly mature so startups have difficulty penetrating the already saturated market especially when "no one ever got fired for buying [major medical device vendor]."

FDA is a different story though.

The major issue is architecture. The major medical systems vendors developed systems more than a decade ago in many instances. In many instances these systems haven't withstood the test of time. The technology available to medical device vendors today is simply amazing compared to the absolute garbage that was rushed out the door in a race for market share a decade ago.


Defining a clinical information system is incredibly challenging:

Clinician: "I need a global view of my patient's care."

Product Manager: [shows mock-up]

Clinician: "Too cluttered!"

Product Manager: [shows another mock-up]

Clinician: "Too many menus. The information is buried."

Product Manager: [massive headache, pain radiating down left arm, sweating profusely] "Fudge!"
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Dude, I crossed Ford off my list as far as car choices b/c of MS Sync....and tesla b/c of android. Shame.

I really wish Apple would allow for use of their operating system (or some variant) in embedded systems.

A major technology battle for automated systems is forthcoming. The technology company that is willing to embed reliable and secure operating system in a vast array of products will win massive market share. I do not believe any single company will be able to meet the demand on the massive scale that is forthcoming.
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Good point! Perhaps an iPad in every room? 1smile.gif

If every healthcare provider has a mobile device then the healthcare provider can input the order at the point of care themselves thereby increasing accuracy thus reducing cost and improving the patient's outcome.
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