The iPad Forces EHR Vendors to Improve Usability
The release of the first iPad coincided with meaningful use, a government mandate to use electronic health record (EHR) software by 2015. EHR usability remains a significant hurdle to adoption, with bad interfaces, poor data entry, over-customization and clutter turning physicians away from technology altogether. However, physicians bought iPads in droves, and before long they wanted to view and edit patient records on them. Early efforts fell flat—but it was the software, not the iPad, that was to blame; running a virtualized version of an unwieldy legacy desktop EHR just didn't work. Native iPad EHR systems built specifically for the tablet's touch interface should do better, but they have been slow to come to market.