Mobile Computing for Physicians

Publication Date:           January 2005
Number of Pages:          92
Number of figures:         59
Report Price:                 $1,995 U.S. Dollars
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Introduction  (download paper overview)

Mobile Computing for Physicians focuses on how Physicians
are using mobile computing solutions at the point of care to view
referential materials, access clinical patient data, solve existing
workflow inefficiencies and capture patient billing charges.  The
study uncovers strong opinions regarding the market opportunities
and challenges for deploying mobile solutions within healthcare
organizations today.  

The content for Mobile Computing for Physicians was derived from
100 in-depth interviews with both outpatient and hospital-
based physicians
across the United States.  Physicians
interviewed were predominately technology savvy and represented  
a broad range of medical specialties and institution sizes.  

The telephone interviews were conducted over a 3-month period
starting in September 2004. The purpose of the interviews was to
identify their critical needs and requirements through discussions
about existing workflow inefficiencies, usage of mobile devices and
clinical applications today, and opportunities for mobile computing
solutions in the future.  

Spyglass evaluated key vendor product offerings and identified
early adopter organizations that have successfully deployed next
generation mobile physician solutions at the point of care.  

Target Audience

  • Software and hardware vendors, systems integrators
    and management consultants who are selling mobile
    computing devices, applications and services into the
    healthcare industry.
  • Hospital administrators and IT executives who are making
    strategic decisions to fund clinical information technology
    solutions including mobile computing.  
  • Clinicians who are involved in informatics and clinical system
    evaluation and selection.
  • Investment banking and private equity investors


Mobile computing solutions are enabling technologies that are
poised to revolutionize the way medicine is delivered and practiced.  
With mobile solutions, physicians can access patient information
quickly, efficiently and securely from any location, at any time.  
These solutions have been demonstrated to help improve patient
safety, reduce the risk of medical errors and increase physician
productivity and efficiency.  

Physicians are working under significant pressure.  There are
over 640,000 physicians in the United States that control over 80
percent of the nation’s healthcare spending through the delivery of
patient services and referrals.  Physicians work in high stress, high
risk and data intensive environments that are dominated by paper-
based processes and inefficient workflows.  Physicians are mobile
professionals that are under extreme time pressures and have a
constant need to access clinical patient information as they travel
between exam rooms, hospitals and their offices.

Mobile devices are emerging as the stethoscopes of the 21st
 Physicians nationwide are independently purchasing
mobile devices with standalone clinical solutions to retrieve
accurate, up to date information to help diagnose illnesses,
determine treatment protocols and prescribe medications.  
Physicians are using a wide range of mobile devices including PDAs,
Smartphones and TabletPCs.  

No ideal mobile computing device.  Healthcare organizations are
finding out first hand that there is no ideal mobile computing device.  
The right device is dependent upon the healthcare environment, the
task to be performed, the complexity of the applications, and
physician’s personal preferences.  

TabletPC gaining support with outpatient physicians.  Private
practice physicians are finding the TabletPC is more usable and
capable than the PDA for accessing more complex clinical
applications due to increased screen real estate, integrated
communications, a full sized keyboard and advanced handwriting
recognition.  With TabletPC, outpatient physicians can access a
patient’s medical record; generate structured clinical documentation,
initiate medical orders and view radiological images.

Significant challenges exist to deploy mobile solutions.  
Mobile computing usage faces a significant number of obstacles to
widespread adoption within healthcare environments as the
applications become more comprehensive requiring increased
integration with existing legacy-based based systems.  According to
hospital administrators interviewed these obstacles including
physician adoption, funding, and protection of patient information on
handheld devices.
Spyglass Consulting Group
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