Top Physician Uses of Smartphones, Tablets

Physicians are increasingly using mobile devices in professional settings — according to a recent survey by Kantar Media, 78 percent use smartphones and 51 percent use tablets for work-related purposes.

Physicians tend to favor smartphones over tablets for tasks such as researching specific clinical situations and reading professional news. However, physicians are more likely to access clinical podcasts and webcasts on a tablet (16 percent) than on a smartphone (12 percent) and are more likely to read medical journals on a tablet's larger screen (28 percent to 21 percent).

The apps physicians use on each device varies as well. The top apps for smartphones include clinical reference or drug reference apps, while periodical reading and workflow tools are more popular on tablets.

Survey results are based on 3,000 responses collected between May and August 2013.

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