Thursday, June 6, 2013

Expectations of iPad Use in an Internal Medicine Residency Program

Docs love their iPads, but are these tablets meeting the needs of busy doctors in training? Take a look at the journal article titled, "Expectations of iPad Use in an Internal Medicine Residency Program: Is It Worth the “Hype”?

The authors at the University of Chicago found that "While the use of tablets such as the iPad by residents is generally well received, high initial expectations highlight the danger of implementing new technologies. Education on the realistic expectations of iPad benefits may be warranted."

115 internal medicine residents received Apple iPads in October 2010. Residents completed matched surveys on anticipated usage and perceptions after distribution 1 month prior and 4 months after deployment.

Prior to deployment, most residents believed that the iPad would improve patient care and efficiency on the wards.

Luo N, Chapman CG, Patel BK, Woodruff JN, Arora VM
Expectations of iPad Use in an Internal Medicine Residency Program: Is It Worth the “Hype”?
J Med Internet Res 2013;15(5):e88
URL: http://www.jmir.org/2013/5/e88/
doi: 10.2196/jmir.2524
PMID: 23656727

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