SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Epocrates, Inc., developers of the first and most popular medical application for the Apple iPhone®, today announced the release of a native app for the iPad® and iPad® mini tablets. Designed explicitly for these tablet devices, Epocrates for iPad provides an elegant and efficient user experience with even more streamlined access to the clinical information that more than one million clinicians routinely rely on during and between patient encounters.
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"We deliberately built the Epocrates iPad app based on the needs and input of our clinician network to create sleek, practical and intuitive workflows," said Andy Hurd, president, chief executive officer and interim chief financial officer of Epocrates.
Healthcare professionals are enthusiastic about the new app, providing initial feedback, such as:
- "I primarily use Epocrates with patients for a quick reference on a daily basis. The new iPad app is so fast, and conveniently displays both adult and pediatric dosing side by side," said Dr. Deborah Archer, Fort Collins, Colo.
- "Epocrates has definitely impacted patient care and quality; it is an essential tool. With the iPad app, all of the information is bigger and more prominent, and I can swivel the tablet around and share it with my patients," said Dr. Nancy Lawless, Rockville, Md.
- "The new Epocrates app has a slicker design; it's nice having all information displayed in one place," said Dr. Franklin Schneider, Providence, R.I.
With a form factor larger than a smartphone and lighter than a laptop, tablets have established a role in today's digital healthcare setting. Seventy five percent of physicians are predicted to own a tablet by April 2013 with preference for iPad devices1. The native Epocrates app takes advantage of the larger screen real estate, providing greater exposure to critical clinical information, enhanced pill identification displays and more convenient search tools. It leverages the devices' swiping capabilities for rapid navigation, and features tabbed screens for easy toggling between multiple drug monographs, calculators and other valuable content.
Hurd added, "we see significant opportunities with the release of this native iPad app, and for future iterations to build on clinical capabilities, rich patient engagement and innovative solutions for our partners."
Epocrates for iPad is now available in the Apple iTunes Store. For more information and a demonstration video, please visit www.epocrates.com/mobile/ipad. The company also announced that an optimized version for iPhone 5 will be available in the next app release.
About Epocrates, Inc.
Epocrates, Inc. (Nasdaq:EPOC) is recognized for developing the #1 medical application among U.S. physicians for clinical content, practice tools and health industry engagement at the point of care. Epocrates has established a loyal network of more than one million healthcare professionals, including 50 percent of U.S. physicians, who routinely use its intuitive solutions to help streamline workflow and improve patient care. The company also facilitates the delivery of valuable content and tools between partnering organizations and its members. For more information, please visit www.epocrates.com/company.
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1 Epocrates 2012 Survey
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