Doctors Are Choosing iPad Tablets Over Other Devices, Survey Says

James Johnson

When it comes to technology, doctors overwhelmingly choose the Apple iPad over other Android- and Windows 8-based options. A new study known as the Black Book Rankings survey suggested that more doctors have begun to take advantage of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) on mobile devices.

The move towards electronic record keeping is largely due to the Affordable Care Act, which provides incentives for hospitals and doctors who move towards the electronic handling of records.

The survey found that 83 percent of physicians are now taking advantage of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) on mobile devices. Doctors are using tablets to update info and order patient medication and even for analyzing lab results with new apps that continue to quickly arrive on the open market.

As more doctors ditch paper for electronic records, the move is expected to save the United States billions of dollars in annual costs. The real goal however is to create a system in which medical records can be immediately accessed, updated, and consulted on in real-time.

The study has found that 59 percent of office-based physicians have chosen tablets for record keeping while 68 percent of doctors have chosen the iPad over Android- and other OS-based tablets.

EHRs are still very much based around paper kept records. Doctors still enter fields of information as they have in the past. However, experts are working on touch-based systems that they believe will make data entry and customize health fields of data easier to control and access. Ultimately, tablets will create a more interactive format that will create easier to access and analyze data.

The Apple iPad has most definitely been at the forefront of electronic record keeping; for example, the tablet-based devices have recently replaced 40 and 50 pound flight manuals for commercial airliners and US Air Force aircraft.

The Black Book Ranking survey has found that 122 vendors already utilize iPads for their EHRs and that another 135 vendors are preparing to utilize Apple iPad tablets for future medical entry systems.

While tablets are still the most popular method for Electronic Health Record entry, 89 percent of physicians admit to carrying a smartphone, which is often used for quick data look-up. Smartphones are not used as much because of their smaller display sizes, which can interfere with properly reading x-rays and other important image-based data.

Do you think the Apple iPad is the future of medical record keeping?