14 Statistics on Clinicians and Mobile Device Usage
The vast majority of clinicians use mobile devices in their day-to-day practice, according to a report from Epocrates.
The report is based on a survey of 1,063 providers, including primary care practitioners, cardiologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, conducted in May.
- About four in five clinicians currently use smartphones every day, a rate which will increase to nine in 10 next year.
- More than half of physicians use tablets daily, as do two in five NPs and PAs.
- Half of clinicians are "digital omnivores" who routinely use a smartphone, tablet and computer currently, and 82 percent plan to within the next 12 months.
- Tablet and smartphone usage accounts for more than 40 percent of clinicians' at-work digital time.
- Mobile devices account for the majority of clinicians' digital time from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- Top uses for smartphones are using generic search functions (46 percent), accessing professional resources (38 percent) and communicating with colleagues (38 percent).
- Top uses for tablets among clinicians are editing or viewing electronic health records or e-prescribing (49 percent), using generic search functions (39 percent) and accessing a professional resource (24 percent).
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