Smartphones, Tablets Increasingly Important to Health Industry
Nearly 90 percent of those surveyed said laptops are their device of choice, but 85 percent are considering or definitely thinking about deploying more mobile devices.Tablets and smartphones are fast becoming an indispensible part of hospital and home health agency services, according to a survey of nearly 200 health care executives by enterprise mobility management (EMM) software developer NetMotion Wireless and B2B media company FierceMarkets. The vast majority (93 percent) of respondents said mobile deployments were either extremely or very important to day-to-day operations. These mobile devices, especially tablets, help workers in the field deliver patient care more efficiently and give home health agencies centralized control over how caregivers deliver services. Nearly 90 percent of respondents said laptops are their mobile device of choice, but 85 percent are "considering" or "definitely thinking about" deploying more mobile devices. Tablets are the most popular choice, with 66 percent of respondents considering them, followed by smartphones, with 32 percent considering them. The report revealed 79 percent use tablets, and the use of smartphones was close behind, with a 68 percent adoption rate.
When deciding what types of devices to give clinicians for mobile use, 54 percent said the number and type of applications that the device supports drive the decision and 46 percent said compatibility with the existing corporate infrastructure is the main driver.