Doctors Blow Away Cloud Computing & Telemedicine
Twenty-five percent of healthcare providers use tablets in their medical practice and almost double that percentage will do so in the next year. Moreover, at least fifty percent are using a smart-phone at work, already. This is according to the recent findings of CompTIA's 3rd Annual Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunity Study.
The findings are that adoption rates for tablets are increasing rapidly, yet IT teams continue to encounter difficulties with integrating these devices into the healthcare system. These challenges center around security, integrating work-flow, and optimizing legacy applications to run on the gadgets.
Thirty-eight percent of healthcare providers that use a mobile device run Apps that are medical-related, and they do so daily. The current usage of mobile devices center around basic offices tasks, such as maintaining schedules, appointments and interacting with nurses. Very few healthcare providers are using tablets and smart-phones to access patient records.
The survey questioned medical care providers about cloud computing and only five percent said they use cloud computing technology. The survey cautioned that the numbers are distorted because healthcare providers do not exactly understand what cloud computing is exactly.
When questioning medical care providers about telemedicine, the survey showed that fourteen percent actively follow news and trends in telemedicine. More revealing is that thirty-seven percent showed little interest in telemedicine.