Point of Care Computing for Nursing 2012

Publication Date:           November 2012
Number of Pages:          112
Number of figures:         28
Report Price:                 $2,495 U.S. Dollars
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Introduction  (download paper overview)

Point of Care Computing for Nursing 2012 presents the findings of an
end-user market study focused on the current state of computing
adoption by nurses across the United States.  The report uncovers
strong opinions regarding the market opportunities and challenges for
adopting computing solutions at the point of care to enhance patient
safety, reduce the risk of medical errors and improve nursing

This report is an outgrowth of a similar study published by Spyglass in
November 2007 entitled Point of Care Computing for Nursing 2007.  
Throughout the report, Spyglass will compare and contrast interesting
trends identified across both studies.  

Content for Point of Care Computing for Nursing 2012 was derived from
more than 100 in-depth interviews with nurses working in acute care
environments nationwide.  Nurses interviewed were technically
competent and representative of a broad range of nursing specialties
and institution sizes.  

Spyglass conducted the telephone interviews over a four-month period
beginning May 2012. The purpose of the interviews was to identify the
needs and requirements for point of care computing through discussions
  • existing workflow inefficiencies in accessing clinical information
  • current usage models for computing devices and solutions, and
  • barriers for widespread adoption

Spyglass also evaluated key vendor product offerings and identified
early adopter organizations that have successfully deployed point of
care solutions.

Target Audience

  • Software and hardware vendors, systems integrators and
    management consulting groups who are selling hardware,
    applications and services into the healthcare industry
  • Healthcare administrators and IT executives who are making
    strategic decision to fund clinical information technology solutions
  • Clinicians who are involved in informatics and clinical system
    evaluation and selection
  • Investment bankers and private equity investors


Point of care computing is poised to revolutionize the way nurses
practice and deliver patient care enabling access to clinical information
quickly and securely from any location, at any time to enhance patient
safety, reduce the risk of medical errors and improve nursing

Nurses are mobile professionals.  There are 2.9 million registered
nurses in the United States representing the single largest healthcare
professional group with approximately four nurses for every physician.  
Nurses are a scarce resource who work in high-stress, data-intensive
environments dominated by inefficient paper-based processes.  They
are continuously on the go and have a constant need to access relevant
clinical information and to collaborate with colleagues and patients.

Nursing  smartphone usage is exploding.  Sixty-nine percent of
nurses interviewed indicated that nursing colleagues are using their
personal Smartphones during work hours for personal and clinical
communications BUT hospital IT is not willing to support their devices on
the hospital’s network.

Nurses reject tablet computing to support bedside nursing.
Ninety-six percent of nurses interviewed believe that 1st generation
TabletPCs were not the right devices to support bedside nursing.  Apple
iPad will also not be successful due to issues related to durability,
infection control, limited data entry, and lack of native applications.  

Nurses continue to struggle with the quality and reliability of the
wireless network.  
Twenty-five percent of nurses interviewed were
dissatisfied with the quality and reliability of the wireless network within
their facilities.  Hospital IT must provide a more reliable and scalable
wireless infrastructure to support an increasing number of wireless
users, devices and applications required at point of care.  
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