Health Care Providers Prefer Tablets Over Cloud Computing

A new study about the use of IT in the healthcare industry has found that healthcare providers are adopting tablets and smartphones but, are not too keen towards cloud computing and video conferencing.

The findings were a part of the Healthcare IT Insights and Opportunities Study conducted by CompTIA, in which, the company surveyed 350 doctors and dentists and 400 IT firms that service the healthcare industry.

According to the survey, one in four healthcare service providers were using tablet PC devices while 21 percent were expected to move to tablet devices within the next 12 months.

The survey found that even though tablet PC adoption was on the rise, companies faced challenges in integrating the devices in the healthcare environment. CompTIA said that 38 percent of healthcare providers who used a mobile devices access medical apps on a daily basis.

"The research suggests that much of the current use of mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) is in the area of basic office tasks, such as maintaining schedules, appointments, interacting with nurses, and so forth," Tim Herbert, CompTIA's vice president of research told Information Week.

"Healthcare providers are just beginning to use tablets and smartphones to access patient records, so many are still working through their understanding of security and privacy issues," he added.