Clinician Use of Mobile Devices Plateaus

More than three in four clinicians use a mobile device at work. However, this figure has not changed significantly over the past year, according to a new report from athenahealth and Epocrates.

In fact, this year's survey of 1,257 clinicians saw slight decreases in the amount of time respondents spent on mobile devices. Additionally, the 2014 survey classified just 41 percent of respondents as 'digital omnivores,' or those who use smartphones, tablets and computers on a regular basis, down from 47 percent in 2013.

The report suggests the current upheaval in the industry, which requires clinicians to focus on software training and workflow modifications, is diverting clinician attention and dropping their aggregate propensity to pick up another piece of technology after being inundated with new IT systems.

However, the report projects this plateau to be temporary. As providers adopt technology, the report predicts physicians will return to the convenience of mobile technology. By 2015, the report projects 71 percent of clinicians will have become digital omnivores.

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