Healthcare News & Insights

Top 5 benefits of smartphones and tablets for doctors

Smartphones and tablet computers are catching on in the medical world, and organizations and doctors that aren’t using them may be falling behind the curve.

The majority of physicians have started using smartphones and tablets, according to a recent report from recruiting firm Jackson & Coker. The report cited three separate surveys:

  1. One found that 75% of physicians have purchased an iPhone, iPad, or iPod
  2. Another found that 81% of doctors were using some kind of smartphone, up from 72% a year earlier, and
  3. Another found that 84% of physicians were using a smartphone, or planned to start using one by the end of the year.

What are doctors using those new devices for? These are the most popular smartphone applications for the medical profession, according to the report:

  1. medical reference tools
  2. drug information repositories
  3. anatomical maps
  4. other reference tools, such as medical dictionaries, and
  5. portable access to patient charts via electronic medical record systems.

The popularity of smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices will only increase, as more applications are developed and those gadgets become further integrated with other technology already used by medical practices.

Are doctors in your organization using smartphones and/or tablets? What do they use them for? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Subscribe Today

Get the latest and greatest healthcare news and insights delivered to your inbox.