29. October 2012 15:10
On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 10:00AM PST, Apple released the iPad Mini.
On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at approximately 10:05AM PST, physicians, nurses, and other caregivers began asking IT when the iPad Mini would be supported by the organization.
Below are three things to consider regarding the iPad Mini’s immediate impact on healthcare:
1. Ease of use. The iPad Mini has the same
intuitive user interface and application standards that the iPad and iPhone feature.
Users will have no problem picking up the device and using it with little-to-no
training. Standardized products and ubiquitous experiences have their advantages.
2. No form factor. The iPad Mini is a dream
device for physicians and nurses who are looking for a lightweight, mobile platform
that can fit in their lab coat pocket. It’s big enough to enable both reading
and writing information in an EHR, yet small enough to easily carry around
throughout a shift. When it comes to the deployment of the iPad Mini, the real
question will be, how quickly EHR vendors can optimize their applications for the
iPad Mini’s new form factor? Epic’s Cantu and Cerner’s PowerChartTouch were
both designed for a regular sized iPad. Not all features and functions that
have been built into their iPad app will be suitable for a smaller screen size,
so expect customization to occur.
3. Enterprise readiness. Right out of the gate, the
iPad Mini runs Apple’s iOS, which is accepted by almost all IT organizations in
one fashion or another. With the plethora of mobile device management solutions
(such as Voalte Connect, powered by Airwatch), the iPad Mini will have no
problem receiving the go-ahead from IT in terms of enterprise readiness. (This,
of course, is a 180-degree change from the launch of the iPhone in 2008!)
Wondering how the iPad Mini will play into your organization’s mobility strategy? Feel free to give us a call here at Voalte and we will be happy to help guide the way.