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For the second week in a row Apple took away more of the mobile device pie from Android among pMD's charge capture providers. Apple took a big dip in the month of Sept. but gained it all back by Oct.; see graph below. This comes at a time when Samsung warned that its third-quarter earnings would fall below market expectations. (courtesy of Daring Fireball). Samsung's answer? New mid-range and low-end devices, which would make Samsung's products more competitive in markets like China. In the meantime, Apple seems positioned to continue its control in mobile health and charge capture in America.

Signor Goat reports updates from the front lines of the iOS-Android wars. Each Friday, we report the current device breakdown of our charge capture physician users and identify the net winner for the week. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of the platform wars.


FINAL


iOS: 90.73%
Android: 9.27%

Nowadays, doctors have many uses for their phones, whether it be entering patient encounter visits for charge capture, messaging with other providers, or even reading the daily news. A few years ago, the majority of doctors weren’t using their phones for these purposes, simply because it wasn’t possible or affordable. It took a revolution to change this - the smartphone revolution.

There is another revolution occurring, this time with wearable devices. Most recently, Apple introduced the Apple Watch, a smart watch with amazing capabilities. Unlike when Apple first introduced the iPhone, Apple is entering a market that has already been populated with a number of capable devices, such as the Samsung Gear or the Moto 360. So, what does this mean for doctors?

It means that there is another chance to change the way that doctors go about their day. Let’s take a look at what the Apple Watch could look like on the wrist of a doctor.

INSTANT NOTIFICATIONS


Given that the Apple Watch is only a wrist-flick away, alerts and notifications become that much more prevalent and helpful. When doctors receive consults, they may get a phone call or a secure text message regarding the patient. While that’s certainly a way to get the message, it can be inconvenient for them to take out their phone, unlock it, sign into your application, and check the notification. With the Apple Watch, their notifications can appear right on their wrist.

You might be wondering: doesn’t this raise questions regarding security? What if someone took their watch? Will they see the protected patient information?

This is where it gets particularly interesting. The Apple Watch knows when it’s on their wrist. When they put the watch on, they will be asked to authenticate it. If they ever take the watch off, it will sense the removal and disallow any secure transactions.

EASY-ACCESS CALENDAR


Doctors are very busy with very hectic schedules. Sometimes keeping track of those schedules can be a pain, but the Apple Watch can help here too. Piggybacking off of its notifications functionality, the Apple Watch brings your calendar to your your wrist. For a doctor, a quick glance can tell them which patient they’re seeing next and if they have enough time for a thirty second breather.

CUSTOM TIME TRACKING


OK, I know, this is the most obvious feature of the Apple Watch, but it’s still relevant. For doctors today, they probably wear a regular watch, so I want to assure them that they will still be able to keep track of time just like they did before. By turning their wrist up, the Apple Watch’s screen will turn on and a watch face will appear - just like they’re used to. Even better, if they get bored of the watch face, they can always change it out and customize it to their liking.

Some will say it’s a novelty, and some will say it’s a must-have, but at the end of the day, the decision is up to them. Do you think doctors will be getting the Apple Watch? I believe it can certainly be a helpful device, but we won’t truly know how helpful it is until it hits the market in early 2015.

Apple went up .13 percent this week, taking back much of the mobile device market share they lost to Android in Sept. This means that the thousands of people who didn't wait in line on 9/19 or wake up at 12am are finally starting to get their hands on the sought-after iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Signor Goat reports updates from the front lines of the iOS-Android wars. Each Friday, we report the current device breakdown of our charge capture physician users and identify the net winner for the week. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of the platform wars.


FINAL


iOS: 90.57%
Android: 9.43%

It was a rough week for Apple. Apple lost .04 percent of the mobile device market share among pMD's charge capture users this week, adding to a three week downward skid. To add insult to injury, Apple had to pull iOS 8.0.1, the first update for the new operating system, after users reported major problems. There have also been reported cases of iPhone 6 Plus devices apparently bending under pressure, with the Internet quickly reacting to the controversy and calling it "Bend-gate." But with a record setting 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales in their opening weekend, we're bound to see this number make a strong comeback among pMD's health care providers.

Signor Goat reports updates from the front lines of the iOS-Android wars. Each Friday, we report the current device breakdown of our charge capture physician users and identify the net winner for the week. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of the platform wars.

FINAL


iOS: 90.44%
Android: 9.56%

This week, Apple lost .07 percent of the mobile device pie to Android in the iOS-Android device wars.


According to some back of the envelope assumptions, we've included a prediction for how doctors will adopt the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over the next few months. Judging by the Apple store lines today, everyone's eager to get their hands on the newest and greatest iPhones. In our predictions, we considered device upgrades with carriers, usability of aging dinosaur devices, previous upgrade data, and willingness to stand in line. Not only will we see many of pMD's providers upgrade their current iPhones to the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we will undoubtedly see Apple take back more of the mobile device market share from Android, who has slowly been creeping into the health care space.

Prediction for iPhone device breakdown over the next 3 months:


iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus: 30.2
iPhone 5s: 30.1
iPhone 5c: 5
iPhone 5: 23.8
iPhone 4s: 10.9

Signor Goat reports updates from the front lines of the iOS-Android wars. Each Friday, we report the current device breakdown of our charge capture physician users and identify the net winner for the week. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of the platform wars.


FINAL


iOS: 90.48%
Android: 9.52%

The iPhone 6 is a big update…literally. On Sept. 19 you'll be able to get your hands on the larger iPhone 6 and even larger iPhone 6 Plus, two big phones in an already impressive product lineup. What makes these phones better than any other smartphones on the market? More specifically, how are they better for medical providers? Let’s take a look at the top five reasons why doctors will love these new phones:

1. Larger Screen


If it wasn’t clear by looking at them, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are much larger than their predecessors. The iPhone 6 measures 4.7 inches diagonally, while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5 inches! This is in comparison to the iPhone 5S, which only amounts to a measly 4 inches. For providers, the extra screen real estate is a must-have for those long patient lists. In an app like pMD charge capture, this could eliminate the need to scroll within an app.

2. Increased Battery Life


Let’s face it, the batteries in our phones are abysmal, but that doesn’t mean that they have to stay that way. With the new iPhone 6, you can get up to 14 hours of talk time, while the iPhone 6 Plus can get up to 24 hours of talk time. That’s a lot more time to discuss consults, call your patients' families, and let your kids know that you'll make it to soccer practice! If we compare that to the iPhone 5s, you can only spend 10 hours talking before your phone throws in the towel.

3. Enhanced Security


As a provider, security is of utmost importance. Fortunately, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have you covered. Each of them has a feature called Touch ID. With Touch ID, you simply place your finger on the phone’s fingerprint sensor and you’re in, making it easier to stay compliant and be secure. For anyone using an iPhone 5 or older, you probably haven’t had a chance to experience it, but it is a life changer. The days of remembering passwords or keeping them in a text document are over.

4. Greater Durability


Who hasn’t dropped their phone? That’s what I thought, your hand is still down. In the hospital there is a lot of movement, which means a greater chance of phone collisions and drops. Fortunately, Apple has introduced ion-strengthened glass, a process that chemically treats the glass on your phone in order to increase its durability. This gives your phone a greater chance of survival upon impact with the hospital parking lot.

5. More Storage


With the amount of applications and data we consume, we tend to fill our phones very quickly, especially if you are taking pictures of a patient's injury, a patient’s recovery, or your cat. With the new iPhones, data is no longer an issue. Apple now offers up to 128GB, where previously they only offered a maximum of 64GB. That’s double the storage, which means double the cat pictures!

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have so many ridiculous benefits for doctors that doctors would be ridiculous to not get one. The upgrade is well worth the move. You can get your hands on one by visiting an Apple store on Sept. 19 or by ordering online.

Apple lost even more of the mobile device market share among our health care providers this week, with a .20 percent loss to Android! Pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 opened today but the devices won't ship out to consumers until Sept. 19, so we won't see any real direct affects on iOS with our mobile market share for at least another week. We'll be rolling out a prediction next week on how this release will affect our mobile device breakdown, both for the individual iOS devices and for the overall Android-iOS device war.

Signor Goat reports updates from the front lines of the iOS-Android wars. Each Friday, we report the current device breakdown of our charge capture physician users and identify the net winner for the week. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of the platform wars.

FINAL


iOS: 90.55%
Android: 9.45%

This week, Apple saw a .12 percent gain of the mobile device pie, snapping a two week losing streak to Android. With less that one week until Apple's highly anticipated announcement of the iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, it's time to dig even deeper into our wealth of mobile device data to predict how the new iPhone will shake up the mobile device breakdown among pMD's health care providers.

The iPhone 6 will give Apple a huge win over Android in the battle for the mobile market share in health care (rumor has it Apple will unveil not one, not two, but THREE different iPhone 6 sizes!), and we should start to see Apple take back even more of the device pie. We'll also see an inevitable cannibalism of existing iPhone devices as providers abandon their antique versions to get a hold of the iPhone 6. We've put together a colorful chart that depicts which iPhone devices our providers are currently using so we'll be able to gauge just how much the iPhone 6 disrupts the current marketshare.

Señor Goat reports updates from the front lines of the iOS-Android wars. Each Friday, we report the current device breakdown of our charge capture physician users and identify the net winner for the week. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of the platform wars.

FINAL


iOS: 90.75%
Android: 9.25%
The world is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new iPhone. Apple is expected to announce its latest handset, the iPhone 6, at a highly anticipated event at 10 a.m. PT on Sept. 9, 2014.

As with past iPhone releases, this latest offering is expected to bring a host of hardware improvements and new features. Rumors indicate that the iPhone 6 will come in two new, larger sizes: 4.7 inches, as well as a giant 5.5 inch form factor. It will also likely be faster, offer better battery life, and sport a higher resolution camera (rumored at 13 megapixels) than the current iPhone. Finally, the iPhone 6 will ship with Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 8, which will offer goodies such as time lapse photography, mobile payments, and a number of new apps.

One of the most exciting apps for us here at pMD is something called Health, which is expected to allow users to monitor and track a variety of their personal health statistics, including blood pressure, number of steps taken, and possibly even blood oxygen levels! Health will likely integrate with other fitness and nutrition apps. Users will have the option of relaying the information Health gathers to their doctor, allowing the provider to alert their patient if any health issues are detected.

It has also been reported that Apple is working on partnerships with several large EHR vendors. These strategic relationships will allow iPhone 6 apps to sync with providers’ electronic health records, allowing patients to see more of their health information in one place.

At pMD, we’re always excited to hear about new ways that technology can help health care providers offer better care to their patients - that’s how mobile charge capture got its start. We’ll be watching the iPhone 6 announcement closely tomorrow to see if the predictions about Health and all of the other cool iPhone 6 features live up to the hype. And, we’re pretty sure Apple will surprise us with a thing or two we didn’t even see coming!

Apple lost a total of .07 percent this week, making this two weeks in a row now that Apple has lost share to Android. But we don't expect this drop to last for very long! In anticipation of the iPhone 6 announcement on Sept. 9, we took a look at last four months of the iOS-Android wars among our own health care providers:


Señor Goat reports updates from the front lines of the iOS-Android wars. Each Friday, we report the current device breakdown of our charge capture physician users and identify the net winner for the week. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of the platform wars.

FINAL


iOS: 90.63%
Android: 9.37%