Imagine visiting your doctor and using a tablet computer to complete the informational questionnaire that is typically given to you on paper with a clipboard. Now picture being the physician and instantly receiving the results of those questions before the medical exam even begins. That is exactly what is being done at Duke University. The information provided through the e-tablet helps to track changes in patients between office visits. Alerts are created and sent to staff when critical changes occur by using up and down arrows and color bands.
The e-tablets have been used in the cancer clinics at Duke University for the past year. The technology was evaluated for three years prior to implementation of the 100 tablets. The clinic began to use this technology first with their prostate cancer patients and now is being used with breast cancer patients and lung cancer patients. A study was conducted during the evaluation period which indicated that patients are more likely to answer questions on sensitive topics when using the e-tablet than through paper or in person format.
Currently over 1100 patients use the tablets every month and have been established as an accurate tool. The e-tablets help the physicians not only to gain reliable information from patients, but they also can help physicians evaluate the impact of the services they provide.