New Study Reveals Physician Device and Digital Media Adoption Rapidly Evolving

By Tony Rizzo — May 16, 2012

According to the newest Taking the Pulse U.S. 2012 study from healthcare market research and advisory firm Manhattan Research, physicians' device and digital media adoption are evolving much faster than anticipated, especially when it comes to tablets. The study surveyed 3,015 U.S. practicing physicians online in Q1 2012 across more than 25 specialties.  
 
Taking the Pulse U.S. is Manhattan Research’s annual market research study and syndicated advisory service focused on how U.S. physicians use the Internet, digital media, mobile devices and other technologies for professional purposes and patient interaction. Manhattan Research, a Decision Resources Group company, conducts annual research studies covering eHealth trends among healthcare professionals and consumers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
 
Key findings from the study include:
  • Tablets, mostly iPads, are mainstream: Physician tablet adoption for professional purposes almost doubled since 2011, reaching  62 percent in 2012, with the iPad being the dominant platform. Furthermore, one-half of tablet-owning physicians have used their device at the point-of-care
  • More screens, more access: Physicians with three screens (tablets, smartphones and desktops/laptops) spend more time online on each device and go online more often during the workday than physicians with one or two screens
  • Physician-only social networks stagnant: Adoption of physician-only social networks  remained flat between 2011 and 2012. Additionally, the study found that physicians reach out more frequently to and are more influenced by colleagues they formed relationships with at school or at work than peers who they first connected with online
  • Online video widely used: More than two-thirds of physicians use video to learn and keep up-to-date with clinical information
"Physicians are evolving in ways we expected – only much faster," said Monique Levy, Vice President of Research at Manhattan Research. "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."

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