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Epocrates Survey Identifies Trends in Online Resource Use Among Physicians
Date:11/18/2008

Internet access becomes an increasingly important part of patient consultations.

San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) November 18, 2008 -- A new survey reveals physicians are accessing online clinical resources more than ever, and 75 percent prefer to obtain information from professional websites rather than through Internet searches. Epocrates, Inc., developer of mobile and online decision support resources, conducted this nationwide survey to evaluate the impact online resources have on patient communication and care.

More than 500 physician respondents validated that online resources are helping improve patient safety, keeping up to date and even saving their patients money, which is crucial in this economic climate. The survey found that through online resources, such as Epocrates Online, physicians are:

  • Making technology a part of the consultation - Today's doctors are using technology to check drug dosing, side effects, interactions or treatment guidelines during patient visits. Nearly 50 percent of physicians report they most frequently use the Internet during patient consultations, rather than between patient visits or after hours.
  • Enhancing patient visits - Nearly 90 percent of physicians strongly agreed or agreed that accessing clinical information online improves patient satisfaction and communication. Specifically, physicians reported the use of
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