Ninety-one percent of surveyed physicians are interested in accessing electronic health records through mobile devices, according to a survey by health IT company Vitera Healthcare Solutions, Becker's Hospital Review reports (Roney, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/17).
Vitera currently is developing a mobile EHR product, which it plans to release in October.
The survey is based on responses from 240 Vitera customers, most of whom are office-based physicians (Terry, InformationWeek, 8/16).
Current Uses of Mobile Devices
Seventy-two percent of the survey respondents said they currently use mobile devices for health care purposes, but only 6% said they use their mobile device to access EHRs or submit electronic prescriptions.
The survey also found that:
- 55% of respondents said they use their mobile device to email, phone, text or send other communications;
- 20% said they use their mobile device to perform medical research outside of the office; and
- 14% said they use their mobile device as a remote desktop solution.
Interest in Using Mobile Devices for Health Care
When asked about the types of functions they would like to perform using mobile devices:
- 93% of respondents cited reviewing patient charts;
- 87% cited updating patient charts;
- 86% cited ordering prescriptions;
- 82% cited documenting a patient encounter; and
- 67% cited performing out-of-office activities (Becker's Hospital Review, 8/17).