How are physicians using mobile apps for professional purposes?

About 74% of surveyed physicians use a smartphone for professional purposes, according to the Kantar Media Sources & Interactions Study, March 2013 – Medical/Surgical Edition. How do mobile apps fit into a doctor's worklife. As more apps are released every year, that doesn't necessarily mean that physicians are using more of them. Some app categories show increases while others show small declines in use year-over-year.

For example, almost three-quarters (72%) of these physicians who use smartphones for professional purposes say they are using diagnostic tools/clinical reference apps on their smartphone and two-thirds (64%) are using apps for drug and coding references. Both of these show upticks from the 2012 study. However, apps used for electronic medical records have decreased slightly among smart-phone using doctors.

Among tablet users, the types of app used most often on the tablet are Medical Journals/Newspapers/Magazines (73%), followed by Diagnostic Tools/Clinical Reference (61%) and Electronic Medical Records (49%).

Kantar Media’s Sources & Interactions™ Studies offer a detailed examination of healthcare professionals’ online and mobile activities, e-detailing experience, and exposure to (and evaluation of) information sources including traditional and emerging media, pharma reps, CME, conventions and more. The Medical/Surgical edition, conducted every six months, reports on the media preferences and habits of more than 3,000 physicians across 21 specialties; annual studies provide similar perspective on Pharmacy, NP/PA, Eyecare, Dental, Radiology, Managed Care, and Hospital C-Suite audiences. Sources & Interactions was designed to help manufacturers 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.

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