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The iPhone leads in the healthcare niche
Written by Naoum Issa, MD, PhD   

Smartphone use in the healthcare setting is changing quickly - both in terms of the technology and its adoption by healthcare providers. While a variety of companies provide medical software for the PDA, the burgeoning class of smartphones have opened a new market for portable software solutions.

Chris Thorman at now reports on a survey of smartphone use by healthcare providers. The results of the smartphone survey are pretty clear: among anyone associated with a hospital - with the notable exception of hospital administrators - the iPhone is the smartphone of choice.


One caveat brought up in the comments, however, is that the up-and-coming competitor, the Palm Pre, was only just released, so it is not yet clear whether that will make headway in this niche. smartphone usage in healthcare

The other interesting note is that e-prescribing has not yet taken hold. Given the emphasis on reducing pharmacy errors through IT, it's somewhat surprising that not a single respondent used the smartphone for e-prescribing despite a clear desire to have this functionality (although Pat King notes that the leading cause of physician lawsuits is misdiagnosis, not wrong prescriptions). Is it really the case that there isn't a single e-prescribing application that currently works well?

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