Survey: More doctors use tablet devices to access EMRs, health informatics tools

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A new survey of more than 3,700 doctors and physicians around the country has revealed that the use of tablet devices to access electronic medical records (EMRs) and other health informatics tools is rapidly spreading.

The survey was conducted by QuantiaMD, a mobile and online community for doctors. Approximately one of every six physicians in the U.S. uses this resource to share information with one another and learn about new clinical advances.

According to the results of the poll, as may as 30 percent of physicians use tablet devices like the iPad, a significantly higher figure than the 5 percent of the general population who do so. Of the doctors who reported using a tablet device, 20 percent said that they already do so in a clinical setting, while 65 percent said that they intend to introduce tablets to their clinical practice within the next few years.

Physicians also reported using tablet devices for a wide range of professional activities. Of the respondents, 69 percent said they used tablets to look up drug and treatment reference material; 42 percent learned about new treatments and research; 40 percent sought assistance in diagnosing and selecting treatment paths for patients; and 27 percent looked for help in teaching patients about their conditions.

Another interesting finding of the survey is that one in four respondents was a so-called “Super Mobile” user, which is defined as someone who employs both a smartphone and a tablet device. These physicians were found to be much more likely to use their mobile devices to access online resources than those who used either a smartphone or tablet exclusively.