Physicians' tablet use nearly doubled in the last year

Most physician tablet users use Apple's iPad, survey finds

Topics: Mobility, Information Technology, Physician Issues

May 17, 2012

About 62% of physicians say they are using tablet computers this year, up from just 35% last year, according to a new report from Manhattan Research.

For its annual "Taking the Pulse" report, Manhattan Research interviewed 3,015 physicians across more than 25 specialties during the first quarter of 2012.

According to the report, physicians often use mobile devices to read medical news, research symptoms, prescribe medication, and access medication reference databases.

However, Monique Levy—vice president of research at Manhattan Research—says physicians are less likely to use mobile devices to access electronic health records and laboratory results.

Of the surveyed physicians who use tablets, the report found that:

  • 81% said they use Apple's iPad; and
  • About 50% said they have used their device at the point of care.

In addition, the report found that:

  • More than two-thirds of surveyed physicians said they watch videos from websites like WebMD and YouTube to stay updated on clinical information; and
  • Enrollment in physician-only social networks has remained steady since 2011 (Horowitz, eWeek, 5/11; Dolan, MobiHealthNews, 5/14).

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