Goldilocks and the 3 Apps
Apple’s iPad® mini® may prove to be the Goldilocks of mobile devices for physicians – not too big (like a full-sized tablet), not too small (like a smartphone), but “just right” for mobile EHR-related applications like accessing patients’ records, lab and test results, CPOE, and charge capture. (Although clearly the iPad and iPhone® have won the hearts, minds, and fingers of many physicians, too!)
A survey of physicians by Epocrates found that 90 percent of doctors that planned to buy a mini were most excited about its smaller size, which more easily fits into a standard white coat pocket. Also, since the mini is half the weight of a regular iPad, physicians are finding it more comfortable to carry around in their pocket, as well as easier to hold and work with at a patient’s bedside. (And if Apple’s recent history holds true, the mini will sell even more units, faster, than the iPad did.)
So, as a device, the mini fits the bill for physicians; now what about the apps that run on it? As with a full-sized iPad, the key to optimizing a physician’s user experience is having a well-designed native app. And thanks to the engineering wizards at Apple, native iPad apps auto-magically run perfectly on the mini. (Alas, not so for Web-based applications ported to a mobile device running a Citrix client; in fact Web-based apps likely will perform worse on a mini.) So PatientKeeper’s native mobile CPOE app for the iPad recently was certified for the iPad mini as well; the same holds true for PatientKeeper Charge Capture and PatientKeeper Mobile Clinical Results.
Apple’s approach makes app developers like PatientKeeper very happy, because it leverages our iPad software development investment, and gives our customers – hospitals, practices and their physician users – another mobile platform… and not just any platform; the Goldilocks platform.