Survey: Most Hospital Clinicians Use Smartphones, Tablets

December 10, 2014 in News

More than two-thirds of clinicians at U.S. hospitals use smartphones or tablet computers to access data, according to a HIMSS Analytics survey, MobiHealthNews reports (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 12/9).

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).


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