Smartphones and tablets have reached 80% of physicians across all practice types, locations and years in practice, and 25% of users are “Super Mobile” physicians who use both types of mobile devices. This is far beyond the general population’s 50% adoption of smartphones and 5% adoption of tablets.
QuantiaMd, a free, online learning collaborative, released survey results that showed 44% of physicians who do not yet have a mobile device intend to buy one this year.
While younger physicians have higher adoption rates than older ones, current use of mobile devices by physicians longest in practice is above 60%, the survey showed. Among physicians with 30 years or more of practice, almost 20% already use a tablet device for work, and another 25% say they are extremely likely to do so. Physicians in their second decade of practice use tablets most frequently, even when compared to the newest physicians. This may be related to the experienced physicians’ better earning power, according to the survey report.
Physicians far and away use their mobile devices to access drug and treatment reference information (69%). They also use them to find new information about treatments and research, make treatment and diagnosis decisions, make medical testing decisions, and access electronic medical records.
Of these physicians who use tablets, two-thirds, or 19% of all physicians, use their tablet for clinical work. Another 35% of physicians surveyed say they are extremely likely to do so within the next few years, which could result in tablet adoption rates of more than 50%.
The study included 3,798 physicians who were polled between May 5 to 12 on QuantiaMD.
*This blog post was originally published at ACP Internist*