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The mobile experiment, experience trumps youthful enthusiasm by jim bloedau
The Mobile Experiment, Experience Trumps Youthful Enthusiasm??By Jim BloedauIn two studies cited by our friends over at MobiHealthNews, Jonah Comstockshines up the ongoing dilemma of mobile technology finding the right fit withphysicians. Two of the studies he presents points out the importance ofmanaging expectations for what tech can do for you and how it will fit yourprofessional life. The 50% crash of youthful enthusiasm for iPads by medicalresidents at the University of Chicago laid up against the practical side ofpracticing medicine in the real world in the Deloitte study suggests a couple ofthings. First that the adoption of mobile tech is tempered by the experience ofrunning a medical practice, there’s a much more deliberate consensus reachedabout the value each innovation brings. Also, the practice of medicine becomesvery stylized when left to find it’s own way. How tech is adopted depends onmotivations and more importantly the practicalities of the value created by it.Finally, both studies below reminded me of the collegiality of medicine, to give itthe ‘old college try” and to always ask, “Is this the best way to do things?” Both of these studies could beperceived as disheartening, but under the surface they hold great promise.“Physician adoption of health information technology: Implications for medical practice leaders andbusiness partners is a Deloitte survey of 613 physicians that found 43 percent of doctors use smartphonesor tablets for clinical purposes, which the firm suggested included EHR access, e-prescribing, andphysician-to-physician communication. Of the 57 percent of physicians that do not use their mobiledevices for clinical purposes, 44 percent said that their work doesn’t provide mobile devices and they’reunwilling to use their own, 29 percent were concerned about patient privacy, and 26 percent said the appsand programs available weren’t suited to their needs. However, 22 percent of the non-users indicated aplan to use mobile health technology in the future.”“In another study, a JMIR study of 115 medical residents at the University of Chicago publishedthis month compared the “hype” of iPads (the expected use prior to the roll out) with their actual use.Before the roll out, 34 percent of residents strongly agreed that the iPad would benefit patient care and 41percent strongly agreed that it would increase ward efficiency. Four months later, 15 percent stronglyagreed it had benefitted patient care and 24 percent felt it had increased efficiency. Still, overallsatisfaction with the iPads was high, with 84 percent of residents believing the iPad was a goodinvestment for the residency program.”