Report: Four out of Five Practicing Physicians Use Smartphones, Tablets & Mobile Apps

According to a new report out from Jackson & Coker, some 80% of practicing physicians use smartphones, tablets, mobile apps and “various other mobile devices” in their medical practices.

The new report, entitled Apps, Doctors, and Digital Devices, used research from several supplemental studies that analyzed the use of smartphones, mobile computing devices such as Apple’s iPhone and iPad, and a wide variety of software apps by physicians in different specialties.  As with most digital and mobile technologies that enter the healthcare space, security is the number one concern and one of the largest barriers for most physicians.

“With physicians and healthcare professionals eager to integrate these digital tools into their workflows, hospital administrators and information technology professionals are scrambling to make sure that the devices can integrate in a manner consistent with the security protocols to which the hospitals and practices are beholden,” the report said.  There’s two main options being utilized to secure data on mobile devices, the report said, which include removing sensitive data from said devices before physicians take them away from the facility, in addition to using software solutions that only allow the mobile device to access patient health data, not to store it. “As such, they are able to use these devices without risking HIPAA compliance,” the report said.

Looking deeper at mobile device adoption among healthcare specialties, the report found the following usage stats:

Emergency department physicians: 40%
Cardiologists: 33%
Urologists: 31%
Nephrologists: 31%
Dermatologists: 30%
Gastroenterologists: 30%
Psychiatrists: 28%
Radiologists: 24%
Rheumatologists: 22%
Endocrinologists: 21%
Oncologists: 20%
Clinical pathologists: 16%

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