DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Mobile Imaging
Current Location:
> This Story

Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment



More Industry Headlines

Award winners of 2017 A look back at this year's most distinguished award-winning individuals across the industry

Faster results are a patient priority: radiologists Patient portals represent a welcome shift from medicine's 'patriarchal' roots

Siemens Healthineers installs first two SOMATOM go.Up CT platforms in the U.S. Situated at CDI outpatient imaging facilities in Missouri

Five more organizations join NRHI's mission to measure total cost of health care in U.S. Data useful for providers, employers and policymakers

MR machine rented to scan single terrorist at Guantánamo doesn't work Liquid helium dissipated for unknown reasons

Alpha Source acquires BC Technical, doubles size Enables Alpha Source to expand its service offerings and geographical scope

Royal Philips and Nuance to enhance radiology reporting with AI technology Combines Philips Illumeo with adaptive intelligence and Nuance PowerScribe 360

MGH team develops a potential alternative to gadolinium-based contrast agents Made of the vital element manganese

Survey finds most patients prefer annual mammograms Challenges the USPSTF's recommendations

Multifunctional and retrofitted: What’s new in radiography and fluoroscopy High demand for multifunctional and retrofitted X-ray imaging solutions

Doctors want one of these.

Survey: Medical offices will spend thousands on iPads, other tablets, next year

by Brendon Nafziger , DOTmed News Associate Editor
Many medical and dental offices plan to spend thousands of dollars buying tablet computers like the iPad next year, as the technology continues to shake up health care.

The finding comes from a new survey on technology-purchasing trends of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The survey, The NPD Group's third quarter SMB Technology Report, also found that three-quarters of the practices polled said they're in the market to buy.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

Servicing GE Nuclear Medicine equipment with OEM trained engineers

We offer full service contracts, PM contracts, rapid response, time and material,camera relocation. Nuclear medicine equipment service provider since 1975. Click or call now for more information 800 96 NUMED

This probably shouldn't come as a huge surprise. Since its release in spring 2010, the leading tablet, Apple's iPad, has been embraced by the industry. Prestigious medical schools like Stanford University give one away to incoming students. This year, the American Medical Association hosted its first design-an-app contest, getting doctors to create programs for smartphone or tablets. And anyone who attended this year's Radiological Society of North America's annual conference knows that nearly every vendor is working to create a PACS or electronic health record that can be accessed on the go.

Of course, penetration in the market is still low in some places. A Kaiser Health News report this week, citing a West Wireless Health Institute official, said only one percent of hospitals have functional tablet systems.

But The NPD Group's report suggests, at least for smaller offices, tablets are definitely in their future.

Of the small- and medium-sized medical and dental offices surveyed for the report, 76 percent said they intend to buy tablets over the next 12 months. And they'll spend about $6,800 on the technology, NPD told DOTmed news by e-mail, after we asked them to break down the report's findings for the medical sector.

Interestingly, the medical sectors' buying intentions match up with those in other industries. All told, about 73 percent of SMBs -- that is, companies with fewer than 1,000 employees -- plan to buy a tablet over the next year. The average amount they expect to spend on the tablets is $21,000, according to the survey, which was carried out in September. And overall, more businesses are mulling tablet buys than before: in NPD's second quarter survey, only 68 percent said they intended to purchase tablets over the next year.

According to the report, most of those looking to buy tablets want an iPad, which is quickly becoming the eponym for a tablet computer, the way the iPhone has for smartphones and the iPod for digital music players.

"The iPad, just as it is in the consumer market, is synonymous with 'Tablet' in the business market, leaving Apple poised to take advantage of the increased spending intentions of these SMBs," Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD, said in a statement.

Back to HCB News
  Pages: 1


You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment

Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2017, Inc.