Only One-Third Of 1,300 Doctors Surveyed Who
Have Mobile EMRs Use Them
More than half of US physicians regularly use a
PDA or handheld computer during the course of a typical work week
-but most rely on their devices for administrative and scheduling
activities -rather than for clinical tasks. Technology vendors
hope that doctors' willingness to adopt new technologies to make
their professional lives easier will open the floodgates to widespread
adoption of portable clinical solutions -but they're still waiting.
PHYSICIAN SEGMENTS VARY IN THEIR ADOPTION OF HANDHELD TECHNOLOGY
Recent data from the American Medical Association/Forrester
Research 2005 Physicians And Technology Study of 1,331 US physicians
show doctors as technology-savvy gadget grabbers at least
compared with the average consumer. At 57%, US doctors, as a group,
are nearly five times more likely
than the general US consumer to have a PDA or handheld computer
like a tablet PC.
But not all MDs display an equal affinity for nifty handheld devices.
Which doctors own handhelds?
BASIC ADMINISTRATIVE FEATURES AND DRUG RESEARCH
DOMINATE HANDHELD USAGE
The majority of US doctors primarily turn to their
handhelds for personal information management; 87% use these devices
to maintain their address book, 80% keep on top of their appointments
and 65% to check medications.
More information is available from Forrester