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Survey of physicians suggests tablets more useful than smartphones
Date:6/12/2013

" Stringham said. "The health IT sector and app developers have an opportunity to improve the quality and usefulness of clinical mobile apps."

Additional highlights from the "Mobile Usage in the Medical Space 2013" report include:

  • Mobile phone usage by physicians who use an EHR: 77 percent use a smartphone, 15 percent use a regular mobile phone, and 8 percent use neither.

  • About 75 percent of physicians use their smartphone to communicate with other physicians at least once weekly.

  • About 70 percent of physicians use their smartphone to research medications at least once weekly.

  • Of the physicians surveyed, about 25 percent who use a regular phone intend on purchasing a smartphone within the next six months.

Additional highlights from the "Tablet Usage by Physicians 2013" report include:

  • About 33 percent of EHR users and 25 percent of non-EHR users use a tablet device in their medical practice.

  • Smaller practices, defined as three doctors or fewer, are likely to conduct a broader range of activities on their tablet, such as banking, communicating with patients, or taking photos for clinical purposes.

  • About 33 percent of EHR users are very satisfied with their tablet device, while 44 percent are somewhat satisfied.

  • About 33 percent of EHR users use a tablet to research medications daily.


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Contact: Steve Majewski
smajewski@acponline.org
215-351-2514
American College of Physicians
Source:Eurekalert

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