New research out from CompTIA takes a deep look at adoption of mobile technologies among physicians and healthcare providers — with a focus on smartphone & tablet usage, EMR/EHR implementation, and usage of mobile medical apps.
According to the research one-quarter of healthcare providers surveyed report currently using tablets within their practice, with another 21 percent expect to do so within 12 months. More than half of healthcare professionals surveyed currently use a smartphone for work purposes. in addition, about 38 percent of physicians with a mobile device capable of supporting applications use medical-related apps on a daily basis. Over the next 12 months, however, physicians expect to increase usage of medical apps to the point where 50 percent are using them daily, according to the research.
“As mobile devices and applications have become more user-friendly, affordable and powerful, the appeal to businesses of all types, including healthcare providers, has grown exponentially,” said Tim Herbert, vice president, research, CompTIA. Two-thirds of the healthcare providers surveyed by CompTIA said implementing or improving their use of mobile technologies is a high or mid-level priority in the next 12 months.
Looking at EMR/EHR adoption and usage, the research found that almost one-third of providers currently use their smartphones or tablets to access Electronic Medical Records or Electronic Health Records (EMR/EHR) systems, with 20 percent expecting to start engaging in this mobile usage within the next year. Overall adoption of EMR/EHR systems is also on the rise: 38 percent of healthcare providers have a comprehensive system in place and 17 percent have a partial system or module. Among the practices reporting have a complete EMR/EHR system in place, users gave a 61 percent “net satisfaction rating.”