The enthusiasm for iPads in healthcare these days is palpable. Hospital CIOs like John Halamka sing the device's praise, while health systems like The Ottawa Hospital and even the Department of Veterans Affairs are rolling out thousands of tablet devices.
But it turns out they're in an extreme minority. Less than 1% of hospitals actually have fully functional tablet systems, according to West Wireless Health Institute, Kaiser Health News and NPR report. Even at pioneering hospitals like UC San Diego Health System, fewer than 10% of physicians are actively using iPads more than 18 months after the hospital started rolling them out.
"We're really lagging behind in the U.S. in using electronic medical records on mobile devices like iPads," Jonathan Mack, director of clinical research and development at West Wireless, tells KHN.
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