Majority Of Surveyed Docs Using Mobile Devices In Practices

Joseph Conn | | July 23, 2013

Mobile computing devices are becoming almost as much of an essential tool in U.S. physician practices as the exam table, according to a new survey.

Nearly 80% of 300 U.S. practicing physicians in primary care, family and internal medicine that were sampled and surveyed in April said they were using a smartphone in their “day-to-day practice.” Another 61% were using mobile tablets.

The most common use of a mobile device—by 72% of physician smartphone users—was to obtain prescription drug information, such as side effects and interactions, and for dosage calculations. Another 55% of physicians surveyed said they used tablets for that purpose.