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Physician uptake of smartphones grows by leaps | Healthcare IT News

26 Jul

Physician adoption of smartphones is experiencing exponential growth, according to “Point of Care Communications for Physicians,” a new study from Spyglass Consulting Group.

The study shows significant trends on how physicians across the United States are adopting mobile communications at point of care to improve communications and collaboration, streamline productivity, and enhance patient care and safety.

The report reveals 94 percent of physicians are using smartphones to communicate, manage personal and business workflows, and access medical information. This represents a 60 percent increase from Spyglass’ findings in a similar study published in November 2006. At that time, 59 percent of physicians were using smartphones.

“Physician smartphone adoption is occurring more rapidly than with members of the general public,” said Gregg Malkary, managing director of Spyglass Consulting Group. “Physicians are showing a clear preference for using the Apple iPhone (44 percent) over the RIM Blackberry (25 percent).”

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