More than 30 percent of US physicians now use tablets, according to a recent study of more than 3,700 physicians conducted by QuantiaMD. Of those using tablets, almost 20 percent are already using the device in clinical settings. QuantiaMD also coined a term for the 25 percent of physicians that use both a smartphone and a tablet: “Super Mobile” physicians. Not surprisingly, this group is accessing online resources at a far higher rate than those owning only one device.
Common activities by physicians on their wireless devices include: A) looking up drug and treatment reference material (69 percent), B) learning about new treatments & clinical research (42 percent), C) searching for assistance in diagnosing (39 percent) and choosing treatment paths (40 percent) for patients, and D) looking for help in educating patients (27 percent).
The majority of physicians who responded to the survey purchased their mobile device personally or for a private practice. Interestingly, 18 percent received their devices from the institutions they work for, revealing that more hospitals and other health care institutions are starting to offer mobile technologies to their physicians. Those that supply their physicians with mobile devices usually provide smartphones not tablets. Only 16 percent of respondents with institution-supplied devices were provided with a tablet.
“We were not surprised to see that 80% of the respondents – a significantly higher percentage than the national average – owned a mobile device, or that 44% of physicians who do not yet have a mobile device intend to purchase one in 2011,” Mary Modahl, Chief Marketing Officer of QuantiaMD stated in a press release. “What did surprise us was the momentum of tablets, which we knew to be strong, turned out to be even faster than we had originally expected. Also of interest was the growing role of institutions in supplying mobile devices and the fact that though a physician’s age is a slight barrier to smartphone adoption, tablet adoption has met with no age-related resistance.”
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