Blog | Monday, June 17, 2013

QD: News Every Day--Doctors find tablets more useful than smartphones

Two reports suggest that tablets are of greater clinical use than smartphones.

Physicians who use an electronic health record (EHR) and a smartphone or tablet is most commonly use the devices for e-mail, and next most commonly for accessing EHRs. Just more than half of tablet users access the EHR daily, while just 7% of physicians use their smartphone to access EHRs.

Among physicians who have an EHR, 75% use a smartphone and 33% use a tablet, but they spend 66% more time on their tablets.

The two reports based on a survey of nearly 1,400 physicians are available to buy from AmericanEHR Partners, a free online resource designed to aid the medical community with health information technology and electronic health records. AmericanEHR Partners was founded by the American College of Physicians and Cientis Technologies and is supported by 16 medical societies and five health IT organizations with a combined membership of more than 720,000 clinicians (65% of U.S. physicians).

Smartphone users relied on apps (51% daily) than did tablet users (30% daily), with the top five apps used being Epocrates, Medscape, MedCalc, Skyscape and Doximity. The top five tablet apps were Epocrates, Medscape, Up To Date, MedCalc and Skyscape.

But, only 28% of smartphone users and 18% of tablet users were "very satisfied" with the quality of apps.

Additional highlights include:
--Among physicians who use an EHR, 77% use a smartphone, 15% use a regular mobile phone, and 8% use neither.
--About 75% of physicians use their smartphone to communicate with other physicians at least once weekly.
--About 70% of physicians use their smartphone to research medications at least once weekly.
--About 25% who use a regular phone intend on purchasing a smartphone within the next six months.
--About 33% of EHR users and 25% of non-EHR users use a tablet device in their medical practice.
--Practices with three or fewer doctors, 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 33% of EHR users are very satisfied with their tablet device, while 44% are somewhat satisfied.
--About 33% of EHR users use a tablet to research medications daily.