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Tablets and their role in Healthcare IT

Medical professionals are starting to embrace the benefits tablet computers bring to the healthcare industry.

Medical professionals are starting to embrace the benefits tablet computers bring to the healthcare industry.

The healthcare industry may be one of the most-suited for tablet computer use. But, like any new technology, medical professionals need to make sure that they are not making a change just for the sake of doing so.

A device like the iPad, for example, brings some clear benefits to the table. It can be used to immediately access patient medical records, handle scheduling, authorize prescriptions, access lab results, properly code medical diagnoses and a host of other functions. The amount of time this can save is staggering.

For healthcare facilities transitioning to electronic medical records, tablets are yet another tool that can streamline operations. EMR consultants can help to seamlessly integrate tablet computers with a new system, while ensuring the highest data security standards.

As the iPad gained a strong foothold in the consumer tech and business markets, software developers started putting significant time and energy into creating healthcare-related apps. According to a Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities study conducted by CompTIA, 38 percent of physicians with smartphones used medical apps on a daily basis in 2011. The same study estimates that number will reach 50 percent by the third quarter of 2012.

Rauf Adil's article in Healthcare IT News discusses the pharmaceutical industry embracing tablets and what that means for medical institutions. Through easy-to-use apps, physicians can instantly access information that could potentially prevent dangerous interactions between certain medications and reduce the frequency of malpractice suits.

"The ability to access drug-related information on the go as well as a patient's allergic information at the same time helps doctors and pharmacists to avoid prescribing and issuing medicine to patients that may cause them harm, thus saving lives and costly healthcare expenditure in treating unwanted drug interactions," writes Adil.

Integrating tablets into a medical facility's operations can save time, increase efficiency and improve quality of patient care. Healthcare IT consultants can guide facilities through the integration process and provide continuing managed IT support.