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The physician & the i pad


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For many doctors, the idea of a light, portable, powerful device that they could integrate with their daily professional lives was the stuff of fairy tales… until the iPad. Come and learn more about how doctors are using this device to improve point-of-care service, make rounding more efficient, etc. iPads will be available for hands-on study, and Kimberley (your technology fairy godmother) will explain how you can check one out!

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The physician & the i pad

  1. 1. Is the medical handheld device fairytale coming true?<br />he Physician & the iPad<br />
  2. 2. Once upon a time…<br />Doctors longed for a way to quickly and easily access patient information and perform a variety of other functions in a highly mobile way<br />Laptops were thought to be the answer<br />Various issues blocked broad adoption <br />
  3. 3. Then appeared the iPad!<br />
  4. 4. Why all the fuss about the iPad?<br />Size<br />Portability<br />Capability<br />Availability of apps<br />Custom designed 1GHz Apple A4 processor= fast connection<br />Price<br />
  5. 5. Why all the fuss about the iPad?<br />Ability to access full websites (option to go to on some mobile sites; or, download another browser)<br />1-second turn-on time<br />Maintains wireless connection while sleeping<br />Ease of use<br />Green <br />
  6. 6. Why all the fuss about the iPad?<br />“The new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created an urgency to make providing and managing health care more affordable, with the White House pointing to Congressional Budget Office predictions that 25 percent of our gross domestic product would go toward health care in 2025 if the status quo persisted. Digitization and interconnectivity between medical facilities is widely viewed as one major way to generate those efficiencies. “ (White)<br />
  7. 7. Popular Uses<br />Preparing for rounds <br />Note-taking while on rounds<br />Accessing medical literature<br />E-mail<br />Point-of-care lookup & teaching<br />Patient education<br />
  8. 8. Popular Uses<br />Patient forms<br />Viewing x-rays with patients<br />Updating patient records<br />Writing prescriptions<br />d/c plans (though must complete on computer with printer)<br />
  9. 9. Real-life examples<br />Dr. Henry Feldman, Chief Information Architect for the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians<br />“For any provider who is highly mobile this blows the doors off of the COWs”<br />“Running a trigger with the iPad at the bedside was amazing. Not having to leave the bedside and having OMR and POE right there was awesome…”<br />“On average a full 13 hour stretch with heavy use burned 28% of the battery over the week, best 20% worst 35%.”<br />“In general it was incredibly useful and given that all of our clinical apps are web based it basically all worked perfectly.” <br />
  10. 10. Real-life Examples<br />Dr Harry Hemley, Australian Medical Association, Victoria, President<br />Re: an iPad pilot program for graduate doctors, ““iPads in hospitals will begin to solve computer access problems and allow doctors transportable access to clinical journals, online information and email. It will give doctors the tools they need to fulfil their clinical responsibilities and provide quality care to patients.” (AMW staff)<br />
  11. 11. Real-life examples<br />VineetArora, MD, MPP; Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency and Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery at the Pritzker School of Medicine for the University of Chicago<br />“I… used UpToDate…to review the ARA criteria for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis for patients with these conditions.”<br />“At home in the evening, I could look up an article that was relevant to a specific patient and bookmark it on the iPad.  Then, the next day, instead of wasting paper and time on the time-honored tradition of photocopying articles before rounds, I could pull up the bookmark for community-acquired pneumonia and show the team the relevant graphic or passage in a paper.  Then, with one quick stroke, I could email the team so they had the link to review later that day.”     <br />
  12. 12. Real-life examples<br />D. K. Simmons, DDS<br />“Over the past several weeks I have incorporated the use of my iPad into my daily patient interactions. From reviewing medical histories using WebMD and Epocrates, to designing slideshow presentations to present cosmetic and implant cases to patients, the ability of this device to perform has been outstanding.”<br />“Within seconds, I am able to check for potential harmful drug interactions or better plan treatment based on new found medical conditions that affect my patients. The fact that they can hold the iPad seems to engage them and involve them in their treatment. “<br />
  13. 13. Real-life examples<br />Iltifat Husain, 4th year MD/MPH student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine; receiving his Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health; Editor in Chief of<br />“…battery life is stunning”<br />“Seeing radiology images is going to be a breeze on this device.” <br />“Health care point of care use… requires the ability to pull up key information quickly, or the physician patient experience suffers.  I really can’t emphasize how fast the iPad is.”<br />
  14. 14. Real-life Examples<br />Dr. Ali Sadrieh<br />Patient forms (intake, history, etc)<br />Magazine subscriptions<br />Surgical consent videos<br />Displaying x-rays<br />Collect and input data during surgery<br />“…first medical practice in the country to have fully integrated this remarkable device into our day to day operations.”<br />
  15. 15. Imagine-if’s<br />Joseph Kim, MD; MPH.; blogger Mobile Health Computing<br />“Imagine if every patient went to a doctor's visit with an iPad. The doctor could help the patient record some notes, access important patient education materials, and could also provide the patient with some digital media that could be used to help that patient manage his/her disease when he/she returns home.”<br />
  16. 16. Popular Mobile Resources<br />Epocrates<br />iAnnotate<br />UpToDate<br />MedCalc<br />PubMed<br />Airstrip (OB, Cardiology, etc)<br />
  17. 17. Does the iPad fairytale have a dark side?<br />
  18. 18. Does the iPad fairytale have a dark side?<br />Of course!<br />As with any mobile device, there exists the possibility of:<br />Compromised security (HIPAA)<br />“…there is a trade-off between security and usability”, but “such problems are far from solved in the desktop environment, with security often being complicated by avoidable usability issues” (Reinhardt)<br />Biometric recognition suggested (Reinhardt; White)<br />
  19. 19. Does the iPad fairytale have a dark side?<br />Spread of infection- no evidence that the iPad has been tested for an Ingress Protection rating (IP52 or higher) (Brady)<br />Less accuracy in data collection in a clinical setting (Haller)<br />No printer<br />Relatively fragile <br />Lack of iPad customized apps<br />No ability for multiple windows<br />Limited projection capability- works for certain apps, but not Safari<br />
  20. 20. The iPad at UVa<br />Are they being used here? <br />Yes, but by individuals. No whole-HS adoption. <br />Epic has developed Haiku, an EMR app for the iPhone. <br />Epic is developing Canto, a native iPad app.<br />
  21. 21. The iPad at UVa<br />Does HS/CS provide support for the iPad?<br />Yes, for both wireless email and the hscs-pda network<br />“The iPad is fully supported for wireless email access.  We are researching compatibility with our infrastructure for possible additional functionality and will post updates as they become available. ”<br />What about security?<br />“Due to the potential for ePHI or other highly-sensitive data contained within email, hand-helds used for this purpose must be protected according to the criteria detailed by UVa Policy IRM-015. ” The iPad meets this criteria:<br />Can you get your hands on one?<br />Yes. Check one out from the CMHSL!<br />
  22. 22. The iPad may not mean happily ever after…<br />But it may be the closest thing we have now<br />John D. Halamka, MD, MS; Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School; Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN); Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)/Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee; practicing Emergency Physician; blogger.<br />“My general impression is that it is not perfect for healthcare, but it is closer than other devices I've tried. It will definitely be worth a pilot.”<br />
  23. 23. Resources<br />Please view the resources for this presentation at my delicious account:<br /><br />*All images courtesy of SurLaLune Fairytales<br />The End<br />