A survey from Spyglass Consulting Group finds widespread physician acceptance of mobile computing devices, but much lower acceptance at the hospitals they work in.

Further, 80 percent of responding physicians like the Apple iPad and think it has potential in health care-- but isn’t yet ready for prime time. Greg Malkary, managing director at Spyglass, conducted 1-hour interviews with 100 physicians working in acute and ambulatory settings between July and October 2011.

While 98 percent of surveyed physicians use mobile devices for personal and professional reasons, three-quarters say hospital information technology departments are resistant to supporting the devices on the corporate network.

Eighty-three present of respondents use desktop computers as their primary work computing device whether at home or the office or hospital, and use mobile devices for clinical purposes when outside the work environment. A report on survey results, “Healthcare Without Bounds: Point of Care Computing for Physicians 2012,” which also includes trends based on a similar Spyglass survey in 2007, is available for $2,495 at spyglass-consulting.com.

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