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EMR incentives may lead to increased use of mobile devices

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 19, 2010

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Incentives aimed at boosting the number of physicians using electronic medical records also could positively impact the number of physicians using handheld devices, according to a recent report issued by Kalorama Information.

The study found that the federal stimulus package is getting health care organizations to think about information technology purchases as well as more efficient ways to perform data entry.

This is something "we think will lead to increased sales for devices used to enter data," said Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama Information, a New York-based marketing research firm, in a prepared statement.

Also contributing to the increased use of handheld devices is the growing need for patient monitoring devices. These devices account for the largest sales in the handheld market, according to the report.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/07/19/bibf0719.htm.

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