Digital adoption among healthcare key opinion leaders

Key opinion leaders are much more digitally-minded than other physicians, according to the Sources & Interactions Study, September 2014 – Medical/Surgical Edition . Here are a few key data-points pharma marketers and agencies need to know about key opinion leaders in order to refine digital marketing plans:

  1. KOLs are more likely to use smartphones and tablets for professional purposes than all doctors surveyed. About 91% use smartphones for work reasons and 66% say they use a tablet for professional purposes.
  2. When using their smartphones, key opinion leaders are more likely to use medical apps compared with all physicians. 83% use at least one of the apps we study on their mobile devices vs. 69% of all physicians. About 68% use diagnostic tool/clinical reference smartphone apps and 60% use drug and coding reference smartphone apps. Looking at tablet apps, 64% of KOLs use one of the types we study on their tablets compared to 47% of all physicians.
  3. More than half of key opinion leaders (57%) use the Internet for professional purposes more than four times per day compared to 42% of all physicians. On average, they use the Internet almost 15 times per week for work with 97% using the Internet at least daily for professional purposes. In comparison, 88% of all physicians use the Internet at least daily for work.
  4. While only 30% of all physicians say they use email to communicate with patients, that percentage increases to 47% of all key opinion leaders.
  5. Key opinion leaders are more likely to use social networks for professional purposes compared to all other physicians. For example, 57% of key opinion leaders use medical association social networks while only 41% of all physicians use them.

The Sources & Interactions™ Study is a detailed examination of doctors’ online and mobile activities, e-detailing experience, and exposure to (and evaluation of) information sources including traditional and emerging media, pharma reps, CME, convention and more. The study is conducted every six months and targets more than 3,000 physicians annually across 22 specialties, exploring their media preferences and habits. Sources & Interactions was designed to help marketers and their agencies cost-effectively allocate resources to their overall promotional mix, and provide publishers with specific insight about where their offerings fit into physicians (and other healthcare professionals’) information inventory.

New data will be available later this month. To find out more about the study and get access to specialty-specific data, contact us now.

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