April 22, 2015
Austin, Texas-based Motion Computing, a longtime player in the semi-rugged tablet space that served the healthcare industry among others, has been acquired by rugged tablet PC maker Xplore, also based in Austin. Earlier this month Xplore bought Motion's assets for $9 million cash, plus the assumption of $7 million in net liabilities, after Square 1 Bank foreclosed on most of Motion's assets.
April 17, 2014
After a few years of similar data points, Manhattan Research's Director of Physician Research James Avallone feels confident that smartphone adoption among physicians in the US has plateaued.
"We have seen this number in the low 80s since 2011 -- it's been static," Avallone said. "In 2010 we were at 72 percent of physicians and then the following year we hit four out of five. Since then it's...
June 22, 2012
Microsoft's newly announced tablet line called Surface has the potential to make waves in healthcare, but it's probably too early to know exactly what it will do.
The Microsoft hardware, featuring 10.6-inch screens and an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors – the same type of CPU as the new Apple MacBook Air -- will be made for the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, which will fully support...
March 20, 2012
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to launch a pilot in September to determine whether patients can "meaningfully consent" to their data being shared with other health care providers using an application on a tablet in the waiting room. The pilot will take place at a hospital and three clinics in western New York that are all a part of the HEALTHeLINK health information...
March 19, 2012
Maybe iPads aren't so bad after all acting as Citrix terminals for mobile EHR access.
Unlike in the failed, much-publicized, small-scale trial at Seattle Children's Hospital last year, medical residents and interns in internal medicine at the University of Chicago felt more efficient when carrying iPads around the hospital, according to new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine...
February 1, 2012
A recent survey of more than 100 physicians conducted by Spyglass Consulting Group concluded that 80 percent of physicians believe the iPad has a "promising future in healthcare," but they remain skeptical that the device is ready to transform patient care delivery. Gregg Malkary, Managing Director of Spyglass Consulting Group, noted that the iPad is just one component of the overall end-to-end...
January 16, 2012
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) Connecting for Health division recently published a guidance document for how healthcare providers in that country should and shouldn't be using tablet devices. The document is chock-full of warnings about tablet use in healthcare settings, but it also includes some helpful hints for how CIOs should secure the devices.
The NHS states that tablet devices are...
November 10, 2011
Tablets, particularly Apple's iconic iPad, are hot topics in healthcare right now. But that doesn't mean that the iPad, or even the general idea of a touch-screen tablet, is right for everyone.
"All of it is on a tablet, but the key is, the tablet is optional," Kian Saneii, CEO of San Diego-based Independa, says of his company's signature product, called "Angela," that helps manage the lives and...
November 3, 2011
As has been well documented here and elsewhere, Apple's devices have seen impressive adoption among healthcare professionals. iPhones, iPods, and iPads have -- along with other mobile devices -- served as useful mobile platforms for health-related apps and services for general consumers, too.
Recently, in the days following the memorial service for Apple founder Steve Jobs and the publication of...
November 17, 2010
According to enterprise mobility vendor Good Technology, healthcare is among the top three industries adopting Apple's iPad for business use. Good's estimate is based simply on its own user base, which includes some 4,000 enterprise customers. Good's customers have deployed iPads at a varying rate from one iPad to more than 1,000.
"We took a close look at our customers who have deployed iPad...