Point of Care Computing for Physicians 2012

Publication Date:           February 2012
Number of Pages:          96
Number of figures:         31
Report Price:                 $2,495 U.S. Dollars
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Introduction  (download paper overview)

Point of Care Computing for Physicians 2012 presents the findings
of an end-user market study focused on the current state of computing
adoption by 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 streamline physician
productivity, enhance patient safety, and reduce the risk of medical

Point of Care Computing for Physicians 2012 is an outgrowth of a
similar study published by Spyglass in October 2007 entitled Point of
Care Computing for Physicians.  Throughout this report, Spyglass will
compare and contrast interesting trends identified across both studies.  

Content for
Point of Care Computing for Physicians 2012 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 July 2011. 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, and
•        barriers for widespread adoption.

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

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


Mobile computing solutions are poised to transform how physicians
can deliver and practice medicine enabling them to access and
aggregate patient information quickly, efficiently and securely from any
location, at any time.  These solutions can streamline physician
productivity, enhance patient safety, and reduce the risk of medical

Physicians are mobile professionals.  There are approximately
650,000 physicians in the United States that control more than 80-
percent of the nation’s healthcare spending through the delivery of
patient services and referrals.  They work in high-stress data intensive
environments dominated by inefficient paper-based workflow processes.  
Physicians are under extreme time pressures and have a constant need
to communicate with colleagues and access patient information as they
travel between their offices, exam rooms and corridors of affiliated

Physicians are embracing mobile computing devices.  Physicians
interviewed have embraced mobile computing devices to support their
personal and professional workflows.  Mobile device adoption is being
driven by technology innovation including easy-to-use, low-cost,
lightweight mobile devices, widespread cellular broadband availability
(3G/4G), cloud-based ecosystem to support internet-connected
applications, and the emergence of location-based services.  

Apple iPad’s future is bright BUT it is not ready to transform
patient care delivery.
 Eighty percent of physicians interviewed believe
Apple iPad has a promising future in healthcare BUT are skeptical iPad
is ready to transform patient care delivery TODAY.  iPad is only one
component of an overall end-to-end clinical solution.  Software
innovation will be required to realize the vision for anytime anywhere

Physicians primarily using desktop computers to access patient
 Eighty-three percent of physicians interviewed were using desktop
computers as their primary device for accessing corporate assets and
patient data whether they were at the hospital, in their office, or at
home.  Physicians were found to be using mobile devices to access
clinical information WHEN they were outside of their normal working

Hospital IT is resistant to supporting personal devices on the
corporate network.
 Seventy-five percent of physicians interviewed
reported that hospital IT was resistant to supporting personal mobile
devices on the corporate network.  Hospital IT believes personal devices
are insecure, less reliable, and more expensive to deploy, support and
maintain than desktop computers.  
Spyglass Consulting Group
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