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Doctors And Their Smartphones

An eye-popping statistic shows that 94 percent of doctors have adopted smartphones, in part to keep up with an information glut. A consulting group released results of 100 in-depth interviews with physicians working in acute and ambulatory care environments in numerous specialties nationwide. The physicians used the phones to communicate, manage personal/business workflows, and access information, including medical reference materials. (In case you’re curious about what your peers are using, 44 percent use an iPhone and 25 percent use a BlackBerry.)

This growth in adoption — a 60 percent increase since 2006 — isn’t surprising, since the same survey reported that doctors’ biggest challenges are communicating with colleagues in a timely manner, the volume of communications with patients and the entire care team, and the different platforms (e-mail, voice mail, pager, etc.) needed to keep up with it all.

But one early adopter, Dr. Rob Lamberts, ACP member, cautions that while the new technology can help, it isn’t yet.

*This blog post was originally published at ACP Internist*

Now For Mobile + Web: Control of Communicable Diseases Manual

Unbound Medicine has teamed up with the American Public Health Association (APHA) to release a mobile and web version of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (CCDM).

Like other Unbound titles, CCDM is available on most popular mobile phone platforms and is optimized for the unique nature of each device type.

Control of Communicable Diseases Manual for Mobile + Web includes Medline Journals, which allow users to view citations and abstracts from the latest issues in selected journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Tropical Medicine, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO), then link to full-text articles.

CCDM for Mobile + Web also includes RSS news feeds from relevant sites such as APHA, WHO, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Medgadget*

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