Tablet Use Doubles Among Doctors Since 2011

Last month, Keith Andrews of TabTimes wrote an in-depth article on the growing use of tablets in healthcare, especially in hospital settings. According to studies cited by Andrews, 62 percent of doctors in America now use tablet computers, and 80 percent of doctors are expected eventually to be using some sort of mobile device in their practice. Compare that to figures from 2011, when only 30 percent of doctors used tablets, and you can see that we’re in the middle of a huge surge of popularity for these devices.

There’s good reason for this rapid tablet adoption. Tablets are incredibly convenient for a hospital setting, where doctors and nurses need to have immediate access to patients’ charts, medical records, images and data . “One of the reasons doctors love tablets,” writes Andrews, “is the versatility of the device. At work, they can be used to access radiographic images, patient reports, and other essential information. Their graphical capabilities make it easy to see images in high detail and point things out to patients… EHR (electronic health record) software allows physicians to access all relevant information with just a touch.”

At Panasonic, we recognize the growing need for mobile computing technology in healthcare, and we designed the Toughbook H2 tablet with these considerations in mind. The Toughbook H2 features an ergonomic design and a 10.1″ sunlight-viewable LED screen.  It conforms to rigorous performance standards and is resistant to shock, extreme temperatures, liquid, and dust – well-suited to the demands of a healthcare environment. In addition, the Toughbook H2 features hot-swappable twin batteries for maximum uptime, 4G LTE broadband access and available built-in camera, RFID, and SmartCard and barcode readers to update patient data on the go. Most notable for healthcare environments is the fact that the device is fully sealed, fanless, and easy to clean and sanitize.update patient data on the go. Most notable for healthcare environments is the fact that the device is fully sealed, fanless, and easy to clean and sanitize.

Another important consideration for healthcare providers is security. Due to recent federal incentive programs, more healthcare facilities are switching to electronic health records to replace paper files. With access to so much digital data, and in compliance with HIPPA regulations, doctors need to be sure their devices are equipped with robust encryption and security protocols. The Panasonic Toughbook H2 offers integrated, leading-edge device security options , including password lock, a fingerprint reader and anti-theft technology.

As Andrews notes, “continued demand [by healthcare practitioners] is likely to keep tablets alive for a long time to come.” With the Toughbook H2, Panasonic is proud to offer a handheld tablet PC that is unmatched in the healthcare field. As more healthcare facilities adopt tablet technology, Panasonic will continue to expand its tablet solutions offering to meet healthcare providers needs for dependable, rugged mobile computing technology.

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