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As Doctors Embrace Tablets, Management Headaches Grow

Mobile devices are just what the doctor ordered, but not all healthcare providers' IT departments have the right tools to manage them.

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User Rank: Apprentice
3/6/2014 | 11:37:27 PM
Tablet based Patient Information System(PIS)
Tablet based Patient Information System is going to boost the productivity of the medical professionals.Information/Data on patients health can be saved in a local computer server or internet server or cloud server using sync options of the tablets.It replaces manual writings and ensures paperless hospitals and E-Patient records.Doctor can carry a Tablet computer wherever he/she goes and do the job.Usage of tablet is very useful for consultation, room visit, emergency observation reporting etc. It also reduces the cycle time of the process. 

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User Rank: Apprentice
3/6/2014 | 10:55:20 AM
Devices used in healthcare will continue to reflect innovative use of common tools.
It is time we acknowledge that workers... including physicians... will continue to expand the use commonly used tools (tools they already use) into their work environments. We keep trying to force proprietary solutions, and even put up barriers around tools that are commonly used.  

Physicians and other healthcare providers are becoming more aware of security and HIPAA concerns... they are taking care to protect patient information in their efforts to provide more efficient, accessible care.

IT is changing access to care; access is the key word here.

Frankly, most devices do not retain patient information, but rather link to secure cloud or server-based solutions/apps for PHI (personal or protect health information) data input.

We will not be able to stop innovative use of commonly used tools in healthcare; patients want more access to care (sounds like patient engagement to me). Well... let's just watch and see.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/4/2014 | 10:06:58 AM
Always amazed!!!
Always amazed how far people will go to implement consumer ipads into an enterprise environment that has severe penalites for Privay breaches. Especially when there are so many suitable Enterprise quality devices.

These hospitals would never go to BestBuy, purchase a $350 consumer laptop and put it on their network, but they break their necks and spend $Millions to make ipads somewhat secure and functional.
And the worst part is that as a job tool, based on an 8hr day, an ipad is a 1 year device. The battery is rated for 2000 hours and the touchscreen is rated for 15K touches per quadrant. A "cheap" ipad gets real expensive vs a medical-grade device designed to last for 3 plus years.
User Rank: Ninja
3/3/2014 | 10:14:00 PM
But think of the time they save
Ultimately, I'm sure the docs are saving more time than they're losing. When he or she enters data into a well-organized computer system, no doubt the same data is going to at least five different places. So that's one form the doc has to fill out, not five. And, if a bored and overworked human fills out five forms, there are likely to be mistakes in at least one of 'em - so think of all the miscorrelations that won't happen and won't need to be cleared up. I wonder if it's practical for them, too, to carry some kind of badge that substitutes for remembering and typing in passwords - or perhaps some biometric method instead?
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