Point of Care Computing for Physicians

Publication Date:           October 2007
Number of Pages:          87
Number of figures:         36
Report Price:                 $2,495 U.S. Dollars
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Introduction  (download paper overview)

Point of Care Computing for Physicians presents the findings of an
end-user market study focused on the current state computing adoption
physicians across the United States.  The report uncovers strong
opinions regarding the market opportunities and challenges for adopting
computing solutions at the point of care to improve physician productivity,
enhance patient safety and reduce the risk of medical errors.

Point of Care Computing for Physicians is an outgrowth of a similar
study published by Spyglass in January 2005 entitled Mobile Computing
for Physicians.  Throughout this report, Spyglass will compare and
contrast trends identified across both studies.  

Content for
Point of Care Computing for Physicians was derived from
more than 100 in-depth interviews with physicians working in acute care
and ambulatory environments nationwide.  Clinicians interviewed were
technically competent and representative of a broad range of medical
specialties and institution sizes.  

Spyglass conducted the telephone interviews over a four-month period
beginning April 2007. The purpose of the interviews was to identify the
needs and requirements for point of care computing through discussions
  • existing workflow inefficiencies in accessing clinical information,
  • current usage models for computing devices and solutions,
  • barriers for widespread adoption

Spyglass also evaluated key vendor product offerings and identified early
adopter organizations that have successfully deployed point of care

Target Audience

  • Software and hardware vendors, systems integrators and
    management consulting groups who are selling hardware,
    applications and services into the healthcare industry
  • Healthcare administrators and IT executives who are making
    strategic decision to fund clinical information technology solutions
  • Clinicians who are involved in informatics and clinical system
    evaluation and selection
  • Investment bankers and private equity investors


Point of care computing is changing the way physicians deliver and
practice medicine enabling them to access and aggregate patient clinical
information quickly, efficiently and securely from any location, at any
time.  With these solutions, physicians can make more informed patient
care decisions to improve physician productivity, enhance patient safety
and reduce the risk of medical errors.

Physicians work in high-stress data intensive environments that are
dominated by inefficient paper-based workflow processes.  They are
under extreme time pressures and have a constant need to communicate
with colleagues and to access patient clinical information as they travel
between offices, exam rooms and corridors of affiliated hospitals.  

Healthcare organizations are deploying a wide variety of computing
devices to extend the reach of existing clinical systems to the point of
care including Smartphones, laptops, TabletPCs, mobile clinical carts and
desktop computers.  

Point of care computing is changing the physician/patient
 Physicians interviewed were concerned computing devices
used at point of care can interfere with the physician/patient relationship.  
Patients are not used to seeing physicians use computers during exam or

Physician clinical systems usage at point of care is accelerating.  
Physicians interviewed are finally taking advantage of the multi-year, multi-
million dollar investments made by healthcare organizations that enable
physicians to access clinical information, use productivity tools and
browse the Internet at point of care.

Point of care computing devices pose infection control risks.  
Physicians interviewed thought point of care computing devices pose
significant infection control risks due to poor physician hand washing
habits, multi-tasking at the bedside and ignorance of the potential risk.  

Right computing device is situation dependent.  Physicians
interviewed believe the right computing device at point of care is
dependent upon a physician’s physical location, urgency of the situation,
tasks to be performed, complexity of the applications required and most
importantly physician’s personal preferences.

Digital images captured at point of care can support clinical
 Physicians interviewed believed digital images and
video captured at point of care could be relevant and useful to support
patient clinical documentation stored in the electronic medical records.  
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