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Combined Report: "Tablet Usage by Physicians" & "Mobile Usage in the Medical Space"

Both "Tablet Usage by Physicians" & "Mobile Usage in the Medical Space" are now combined as a packaged report. Together they provide valuable comparisons and a comprehensive view of how physicians are using smartphones and tablets to facilitate patient care within their practices.

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Insights gained include the following:

  • Among physicians who use an EHR 75% use a smartphone and 33% use a tablet, however time spent on a tablet is 66% higher than time spent on smartphones.
  • The second most frequent activity among tablet users is accessing EHRs (51% daily) while just 7% of physicians use their smartphone to access EHRs.
  • The most common activity of physicians who use an electronic health record (EHR) and use a smartphone or tablet is “sending and receiving emails”.

Tablet Usage by Physicians

Background and Methodology:
The survey was designed to address the following report objectives:

  • Assess health practitioners’ usage of tablets within their medical practices.
  • Measure health practitioners’ satisfaction with and likelihood to recommend, the tablet they use in medical practice.
  • Determine if there are any differences in tablet usage and demographics between physicians who have adopted EHR and those who have not.

AmericanEHR and Insights West worked in collaboration to provide a relevant statistical analysis of tablet usage by physicians in the medical space. Data was collected from 846 health practitioners (696 physicians and 150 allied health professionals) between October 10 and December, 2012. Given, the smaller sample of health professionals statistical analysis focused primarily on physicians’ usage of tablets. The study reviewed the utility of these devices for physicians who have also adopted EHR systems and draws comparisons between non-EHR users as well as Family Practice use and Specialty use. Further analysis includes frequency of tablet activities among EHR users across different size practices and a range of other demographics including age, gender, region and practice type.

Insights gained include the following:

  • About 33% of EHR users and 25% 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 one-third of EHR users are very satisfied with their tablet device, while 44% are somewhat satisfied.

Mobile Usage in the Medical Space

Background and Methodology:
The survey was designed to address the following report objectives:

  • To better understand health practitioners’ usage of technology in the medical space.
  • To determine how health practitioners use technology to interact with patients.
  • To assess health practitioners usage of smartphones in their medical practice.
  • To measure health practitioners satisfaction with, and likelihood to recommend the smartphone they use in their medical practice.
  • To determine if there are any differences in technology usage and demographics between physicians who have adopted an EHR and those who have not.

AmericanEHR collected data from surveys completed by 702 verified physicians within the US between October 10, 2012 and December 8, 2012 and in coordination with Insights West, produced this report. 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. Insights include market share by smartphone brand with the associated satisfaction of both the mobile product and supported clinical and non-clinical apps. As an additional feature the report includes EHR user by age, region, time in practice and gender, based on respondent demographics to better understand mobile use adaptation.

Insights gained include the following:

  • 71% of EHR users and non-EHR users use their smartphones to research information about medications.
  • On average EHR users & non-EHR Users spend 15-16 hours on their smartphone each week.
  • One-quarter of non-smartphone users intend to buy a smartphone in the next six months

Report Pricing: 

Clinician: $449.00 USD

A Clinician is a healthcare provider (Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner) who works directly with patients in a hospital or office setting. In order to qualify for Clinician pricing, you must also not be employed by a healthcare technology vendor or consultant.

Organization: $2999.00 USD

An Organization Subscription is for all companies that don't qualify for Clinician pricing (Consultant, Vendor, Investment Firm, Pharmaceutical Company, Insurer, etc.)

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