Health Care Field Eyeing Apple iPad
The Apple iPad, which is scheduled to ship in the March timeframe, will more than pique the interests of enterprise users, say industry observers. And according to a Feb. 4 report from Epocrates, which offers a medical application in the Apple App Store, the medical community is one vertical market with an eye already on the new offering.
In a survey
conducted days after the Jan. 27 introduction of the iPad, Epocrates
reported that nearly 20 percent of the clinicians surveyed expressed
plans to purchase an iPad.
the survey reports that 9 percent responded that they plan to buy an iPad as
soon as the device becomes available, while another 13 percent plan to buy one
within the year.
percent said they're interested, but would need more information in order to
solidify a purchasing decision.
optimizing our software for the iPad, we are capitalizing on the larger screen
real estate and interactivity provided by this sophisticated device," said
Rose Crane, Epocrates CEO, in a statement. "We are
committed to providing the most productive experience at the point of care,
keeping physicians informed and focused on the patient rather than
searching for answers. We are continuing to explore the advanced
capabilities of the iPad and ways it can help Epocrates address the evolving
health-care technology needs."
A potential boon to clinicians, the iPad promises 10 hours of battery life, a 9.7-inch display with full capacitive multitouch input, and Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n and, in some models, 3G connectivity.
of the more than 275,000 physicians who subscribe to Epocrates'
free or premium software, the company reports, use the application on
a smartphone, such as a BlackBerry, Palm device or iPhone.
Further, it says that 1 in 5 of its subscribing physicians currently use
its mobile app on an iPhone or iPod touch.
Forrester Research analyst Ted Schadler has said he expects the iPad will become popular as an employee-provisioned third device among mobile professions, who make up 28 percent of the enterprise work force.