Mobile technology is growing at a rapid pace. Mobile computing is already one of the fastest-growing consumer technologies in history, and smartphones, tablets, and apps are quickly becoming the new face of computing for business and pleasure.
AmericanEHR recently conducted a survey to better understand health practitioners’ usage of mobile technology. The survey helps address questions such as how many physicians are using mobile technology, what smartphone brands they prefer, what features they use, and how often they use them.
AmericanEHR collected data from 702 verified physicians within the U.S. between October 10, 2012, and December 8, 2012, to produce a full report, “Mobile Usage in the Medical Space.” Contents include an in-depth analysis on the frequency of different smartphone activities carried out for both personal and clinical purposes. The report also focuses on the frequency of other common technologies utilized within the practice.
- The most popular brand of smartphone used across respondents was Apple’s iPhone.
- The most popular clinical apps were Epocrates, Medscape, and MedCalc.
- Twice as many non-EHR physicians use a traditional mobile phone compared to EHR users.
- One-quarter of non-smartphone users intend to buy a smartphone in the next six months.
- Both EHR and non-EHR users spend 15–16 hours a week on their smartphone.
- 35% of respondents use their smartphone to research information on medications daily.
- The least common smartphone activity for business purposes is Tweeting (5%).
The infographic below illustrates key insights from AmericanEHR’s mobile study.