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Take an iPad mini and call me in the morning

A recent survey suggests the new iPad mini may be the perfect fit for healthcare professionals.

A recent survey suggests the new iPad mini may be the perfect fit for healthcare professionals.

Standard physician lab coats have pockets that measure 8.5 inches long by 7.5 inches wide. Seems like an odd bit of trivia to have kicking around in one's brain, but it can be useful at times.

Those measurements come courtesy of a recent Computerworld article written by Lucas Mearian. According to Mearian, the iPad mini is a hot commodity among medical professionals because its dimensions – 7.87 inches long by 5.3 inches wide – make for an easy fit inside lab coat pockets.

The smaller version of Apple's industry-leading tablet offers a lightweight, easy-to-carry mobile IT option that holds great appeal in the healthcare world. The article cites a poll of doctors conducted by medical application developer Epocrates. Out of 50 participants, 90 percent said the device's smaller size was its biggest draw.

"My current iPad is full of medical apps for ultrasound regional anesthesia, anesthesiology textbooks, and medical calculators," said Dr. Mark Vadney, a physician at Jefferson Anesthesia Services in Watertown, New York. "The new iPad mini is exciting because it will take a bit of the heft away of the current iPad without changing any of the functionality I need."

Mearian refers to several other surveys throughout the piece, including one conducted by mobile and online physician community QuantiaMD. Of nearly 4,000 doctors, 80 percent said they own a mobile device capable of downloading medical apps. The number one desired functionality among this group was accessing electronic medical records (EMR).

Whether opting for an iOS, Android or Windows device, the benefits of mobile technology for medical facilities is too great to ignore. Proper healthcare IT support should be geared toward maximizing the potential of these assets while using mobile device management and other measures to ensure security and efficiency.

EMR consultants can work with practice managers to include tablet computing options in their overall IT strategies because, like any new tool, there must be a specific plan for their integration and continued use.