More physicians are using smartphones for medical reference

Doctors' use of smartphones and tablets to access medical reference information is up 45 percent since June of last year, according to a recent report from healthcare research firm Bulletin Healthcare.

Studying their users--about 400,000 healthcare providers--Bulletin says that 30 percent of physicians now are accessing their medical information via their mobile devices, compared to 70 percent that are still using desktop PCs.

Physician assistant use of smartphones was tallied at 41 percent, while ER physicians' use was measured at 40 percent. Those with the least affinity for their mobile devices: Oncologists (20 percent) and clinical pathologists (16 percent), the report shows.

The data also showed Apple far out front as the vendor of choice, with doctors using their iPhones and iPads 90 percent of the time, Androids only 6 percent, and other devices barely enough to register, says Bulletin's president, Bill Mulderry. Interestingly, though, the iPhone lost a bit of ground to its larger cousin, the iPad. iPhone use dropped to 79 percent, down from 86 percent in June, and iPad use nearly doubled to 14 percent, up from 8 percent last summer.

To learn more:
- check out this Bulletin Healthcare announcement

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