How are Physicians Using Smartphones for Professional Purposes?

by Alejandro Alvarez

Smartphone Used for Professional Purposes by Doctors

Over the last decade, digital technology has become a mainstay in our lives. And smartphones aren’t just used in our free time anymore. Mobile devices like the iPhone have lengthened the work-cycle for many industries because employees can be reached after hours with the click of a button. This has been especially prevalent in healthcare.

The Kantar Media Sources & Interactions Study, March 2013 – Medical/Surgical Edition found that almost three-quarters (74%) of the physicians surveyed use a smartphone for professional purposes, a 9% increase year-over-year. Further, more than one-third (38%) use both a smartphone and a tablet for professional purposes.

When looking at all physicians surveyed, about 43% say they use their smartphones to reference drug data – a 13% year-over-year increase– and 39% find/perform clinical calculations, up from 35% in 2012. The study also found that 31% of all doctors make prescribing decisions by smartphone, a 10% increase year-over-year.

Perhaps most interesting is that of all of the tasks that are tracked on smartphone in the study, not one showed a decrease year-over-year, demonstrating how deeply ingrained smartphone usage is becoming in the medical workplace.

Kantar Media’s Sources & Interactions™ Studies offer a detailed examination of healthcare professionals’ online and mobile activities, e-detailing experience, and exposure to (and evaluation of) information sources including traditional and emerging media, pharma reps, CME, conventions and more. The Medical/Surgical edition, conducted every six months, reports on the media preferences and habits of more than 3,000 physicians across 21 specialties; annual studies provide similar perspective on Pharmacy, NP/PA, Eyecare, Dental, Radiology, Managed Care, and Hospital C-Suite audiences. Sources & Interactions was designed to help manufacturers and their agencies cost-effectively allocate resources to their overall promotional mix, and provide publishers with specific insight about where their offerings fit into physicians’ (and other healthcare professionals’) information inventory.

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