Mobihealthnews has an interesting report on smartphone adoption by Physicians in the USA. Whilst my gut tells me it’s a little too high, according to Manhattan Research, 72% of US Physicians are already using Smartphones.
What better opportunity to list the key attributes that I think a device maker should pack if they want to dominate the Healthcare Smarphone market:
1) Ability to be sterilised (or at least cleaned) and a bit of drop/scratch resistance!
2) Locking application (that can run in the background) and a Forward Facing Camera and Voice Recognition for User Authentication
3) Preinstalled Content and plenty of memory (for all your text books, CME and the Harley Street TV made-for-mobile Videos you want to share with your patients!)
5) HD Voice and Video Calling (the closer you are to someone the better the communication)
6) High Quality Camera/Video Recorder (for updating patients Multimedia Health Record)
This is the Nokia N8 – the device that is currently setting the benchmark packing a 12 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and Autofocus.
7) Secure Cloud-Based Voice Recognition Application (for transcribing, sending notes/emails etc)
So who’s best placed to get this to market first? I wouldn’t want to bet against the $3.6 Billion R&D budget of HP (the newest smartphone maker) to fill this gap…