Smartphone Adoption by Physicians - Knowledge on Call!
Posted Jan 07 2009 4:42pm
The verdict is in: Smartphone technology is on the rise amongst physicians. Those who had previously adopted PDAs are finding it a small step up to a Smartphone with greater functionality and a decent display for text, video and image files. Expect to see many more Smartphone healthcare applications in the coming years. The following article published January 5, 2009 in American Medical News highlights this phenomenon. While the article speaks to adoption by American physicians, similar changes are taking place in Canada.
'According to New York firm Manhattan Research, doctors are adopting mobile technology more quickly than is the general public. The group published a report in September 2008 saying 54% of U.S. physicians own a PDA or smartphone. Separate research by Dallas-based Diffusion Group predicts that by 2011, 70% of physicians will own a smartphone or PDA.
That compares with only about 20% of physicians who have adopted electronic medical record systems, though there's hope that increased smartphone use will raise that number. Already, developers are creating EMRs that operate from a cell phone.