About 62 percent of physicians in the United States are now using tablets, according to the most recent data from Manhattan Research. Most of these physicians are using iPads and about half of all tablet-toting physicians use the devices at the point of care, the research firm found. What’s more, physicians who use smartphones, tablets, and computers tend to spend more time online on each device than those physicians who only have two of those devices.
The research firm polled more than 3,000 physicians in the US for its annual Taking the Pulse survey. One of the more surprising findings of the survey: Adoption of physician-only social networks stagnated year-over-year. Also, more than two-thirds of physicians said they use online video to keep up to date with clinical information.
“Physicians are evolving in ways we expected — only faster,” Monique Levy, Vice President of Research at Manhattan Research stated. “The skyrocketing adoption rates of tablets alone, especially iPads, means healthcare stakeholders should revisit many of their assumptions about reaching and engaging with this audience.”
In May 2011 Manhattan Research published survey results that found about 30 percent of physicians in the US used iPads to access EHRs, view radiology images, and communicate with patients.