2012: About 62 percent of physicians use tablets

By: Brian Dolan | May 14, 2012        

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Mobile MIM 3.0 iPadAbout 62 percent of physicians in the United States are now using tablets, according to the most recent data from Manhattan Research. Most of these physicians are using iPads and about half of all tablet-toting physicians use the devices at the point of care, the research firm found. What’s more, physicians who use smartphones, tablets, and computers tend to spend more time online on each device than those physicians who only have two of those devices.

The research firm polled more than 3,000 physicians in the US for its annual Taking the Pulse survey. One of the more surprising findings of the survey: Adoption of physician-only social networks stagnated year-over-year. Also, more than two-thirds of physicians said they use online video to keep up to date with clinical information.

“Physicians are evolving in ways we expected — only faster,” Monique Levy, Vice President of Research at Manhattan Research stated. “The skyrocketing adoption rates of tablets alone, especially iPads, means healthcare stakeholders should revisit many of their assumptions about reaching and engaging with this audience.”

In May 2011 Manhattan Research published survey results that found about 30 percent of physicians in the US used iPads to access EHRs, view radiology images, and communicate with patients.

PRESS RELEASE: NEW YORK, May 10, 2012 — According to the new Taking the Pulse(R) U.S. 2012 study from healthcare market research and advisory firm Manhattan Research, physicians’ device and digital media adoption are evolving much faster than anticipated, especially when it comes to tablets. The study surveyed 3,015 U.S. practicing physicians online in Q1 2012 across more than 25 specialties.

Striking key findings from the Taking the Pulse(R) U.S. 2012 study include:

– Tablets, mostly iPads, are mainstream: Physician tablet adoption for professional purposes almost doubled since 2011, reaching 62 percent in 2012, with the iPad being the dominant platform. Furthermore, one-half of tablet-owning physicians have used their device at the point-of-care.

– More screens, more access: Physicians with three screens (tablets, smartphones and desktops/laptops) spend more time online on each device and go online more often during the workday than physicians with one or two screens.

– Physician-only social networks stagnant: Adoption of physician-only social networks remained flat between 2011 and 2012. Additionally, the study found that physicians reach out more frequently to and are more influenced by colleagues they formed relationships with at school or at work than peers who they first connected with online.

– Online video widely used: More than two-thirds of physicians use video to learn and keep up-to-date with clinical information.

“Physicians are evolving in ways we expected — only faster,” said Monique Levy, Vice President of Research at Manhattan Research. “The skyrocketing adoption rates of tablets alone, especially iPads, means healthcare stakeholders should revisit many of their assumptions about reaching and engaging with this audience.”

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About Taking the Pulse(R) U.S. 2012

Taking the Pulse(R) U.S. is Manhattan Research’s annual market research study and syndicated advisory service focused on how U.S. physicians use the Internet, digital media, mobile devices and other technologies for professional purposes and patient interaction. Taking the Pulse(R) U.S. 2012 was fielded online among 3,015 U.S. practicing physicians in Q1 2012. The data can be segmented across a variety of target specialist audiences, including PCPs, pediatricians, cardiologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists and OB/GYNs. For more information, please visit www.manhattanresearch.com/ttp .

About Manhattan Research

Manhattan Research, a Decision Resources Group company, conducts annual research studies covering digital health trends among healthcare professionals and consumers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Broad research can be segmented by target specialist and therapeutic audiences. For more information please contact sales@manhattanresearch.com, call 1.888.680.0800, ext 2, or visit www.manhattanresearch.com .

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SOURCE: Manhattan Research