Survey: Most Hospital Clinicians Use Smartphones, Tablets
December 10, 2014 in News
The survey, which was conducted from October to November, included responses from 139 nurses, physicians and other clinicians.
Use of Smartphones, Tablets
The HIMSS Analytics survey found that 68.3% of clinicians reported accessing data via both a desktop or laptop computer and a smartphone or tablet computer.
Meanwhile, September 2014 data from the HIMSS Analytics Database found that:
- 28% of U.S. hospitals said smartphones were used at their organization, with an average of 169 smartphones deployed per hospital (HIMSS Analytics study, December 2014); and
- 24% of U.S hospitals said tablets were used at their organization, with an average of 37 tablets deployed per hospital (MobiHealthNews, 12/9).
Other Survey Findings
Sixty-nine percent of clinician respondents said they accessed clinical information using mobile applications. However, just 33% of respondents said they thought they could access all or most of the necessary clinical system technologies via smartphones and/or tablets.
- In addition, respondents who used smartphones or tablets said the devices:
- Enhanced communication with other clinicians and providers; and
- Improved their work experience, including job satisfaction and work/life balance.
Among all survey respondents:
- One-third said that using smartphones and/or tablets could have a positive effect on overall care quality and care coordination;
- One-third said using smartphones and/or tablets would help make care delivery more efficient going forward; and
- A “large portion” said they were unsure about the effect smartphones and/or tablets would have on health care delivery (HIMSS Analytics study, December 2014).