IPad use during ward rounds

An observational study

Elin C. Lehnbom, Kristian Adams, Richard O. Day, Johanna I. Westbrook, Melissa T. Baysari

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Abstract

Much clinical information is computerised and doctors' use of mobile devices such as iPad tablets to access this information is expanding rapidly. This study investigated the use of iPads during ward rounds and their usefulness in providing access to information during ward rounds. Ten teams of doctors at a large teaching hospital were given iPads for ten weeks and were observed on ward rounds for 77.3 hours as they interacted with 525 patients. Use of iPads and other information technology devices to access clinical information was recorded. The majority of clinical information was accessed using iPads (56.2%), followed by computers-on-wheels (35.8%), stationary PCs (7.9%) and smartphones (0.1%). Despite having read-only access on iPads, doctors were generally happy using iPads on ward rounds. These findings provide evidence of the value of iPads as a tool to access information at the point of care.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvesting in E-Health: People, Knowledge and Technology for a Healthy Future - Selected Papers from the 22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages67-73
Number of pages7
Volume204
ISBN (Electronic)9781614994268
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 11 Aug 201414 Aug 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume204
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365

Other

Other22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period11/08/1414/08/14

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Lehnbom, E. C., Adams, K., Day, R. O., Westbrook, J. I., & Baysari, M. T. (2014). IPad use during ward rounds: An observational study. In Investing in E-Health: People, Knowledge and Technology for a Healthy Future - Selected Papers from the 22nd Australian National Health Informatics Conference, HIC 2014 (Vol. 204, pp. 67-73). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 204). Amsterdam: IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-427-5-67