A recent research has proved that providing personal mobile computers to medical residents can minimize delays in patient care and can enhance their access to electronic records.
Sometime back, researchers gave Apple iPads to 115 University of Chicago internal medicine residents. It allowed them to access electronic patient records, the hospital’s paging system to order tests and medical publications for reference information.
Then after a year researchers conducted a survey. Every three out of four residents admitted that iPads allowed them to finish tasks faster, and allowed them to engage in direct patient care and educational activities.
The hospital spent almost $650 on each iPad, including their insurance, protective covers, straps and software. These iPads had access to the hospital’s wireless network but were not allowed to store records.

They were also password-protected. Our iPad application development team also has the expertise to develop such solutions.
Before using iPads, the residents were troubled by increased workloads and limited work hours. They spent most of their time updating medical charts, documentation and ordering tests hampering direct patient care or education.
Electronic health records (EHRs) that is our iPad app development forte allows interns to focus on direct patient care and their studies as they have a one touch access for all the data they need.
Dr. Bhakti Patel, a pulmonary critical care person at the University of Chicago School Of Medicine said “Residents face a vast and increasing workload packed into tightly regulated hours”. “They spend much of their time completing documentation and updating patient charts. This study indicates that personal mobile computers can streamline that process.”
Nearly 90% of the residents said they routinely used it for clinical duties; 78% said it made them more efficient; and 68% reported that it averted patient care delays. These are excellent data that encourage us to develop more such solutions.
Researchers have also found that iPad helped residents submit 5% more orders before 7 a.m. rounds, this is the time when they update senior physicians about overnight admissions. And they also placed 8% more orders before leaving the hospital by 1 p.m.
Dr. Christopher Chapman at the University of Chicago Medicine, said in a research letter, “We were encouraged to see that this technology could enhance patient care in the setting of restricted resident duty hours,” This encourages our iPad application development and inspires us to develop EHR and other iPad healthcare apps.

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