For example, drug monographs are highly detailed and thoroughly documented studies on drugs that if presented on an iPhone would require a physician to select multiple tabs in order to find an adult or pediatric dosing recommendation.
"Whereas all of that information can be nicely listed in one flow and with one swipe on the iPad," Braunstein said.
Rhoda Alexander, an analyst with market research firm IHS iSuppli, said the iPad Mini provides the functionality healthcare providers need.
While it has a lower number of pixels per inch than the third- or fourth-generation versions of the larger iPad, "the greater portability is likely to outweigh that consideration in this particular purchase decision for many," Alexander wrote in an email to Computerworld.
While IHS hasn't surveyed physicians on the iPad Mini, Alexander said it seems "a natural match" given the early interest in iPhones and the quick adoption of the original iPads by physicians. "The smaller, lighter size has key advantages, allowing staff to keep hands free when not using the tablet while storing it securely ... in an easily available pocket," she wrote.
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