doctor_tablet_webSmartphones and tablets may be today’s cool tools, but do they add any real value when it comes to delivering better patient care? That’s the question at the heart of recent study conducted by HIMSS Analytics. The results are now available in a new Essentials Brief called “2014 Mobile Devices Study.”

Healthcare IT professionals and clinicians alike can learn how hospitals are utilizing smartphones and tablet computers. Based on data from the HIMSS Analytics Database as well as insights from clinicians across the nation, the Essentials Brief explores both the challenges and benefits associated with mobile devices.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Over half of US hospitals reported use of smartphones and/or tablet computers at their facilities
  • 69% of respondents noted that they used apps to access clinical information; however, only 33% reportedly believe they can?access most or all of the clinical systems technologies they need via smartphones/tablet computers
  • One-third of clinicians indicated that use of smartphones/tablet computers would create overall efficiencies in care, such as?eliminating redundancies.

“It’s one thing to state that mobile technology is cool; it’s another to determine what value it brings to the healthcare equation,” said David Collins, senior director, Health Information Systems for HIMSS North America. “This survey was created to discuss how smart phones and tablet computers are being used to create care efficiencies and optimize clinical time.”

HIMSS Analytics Essentials Briefs are complimentary for hospitals and health systems, and are available for a fee to all other interested parties. To request a copy, email consulting@himssanalytics.org.