Survey Finds Majority of Nurses Using Smartphones, Apps at Work
June 11, 2015 in News
Most nurses own a smartphone and use mobile health applications at work, according to a new survey from mobile technology company InCrowd, FierceMobileHealthcare reports (Mottl, FierceMobileHealthcare, 6/6).
For the survey, InCrowd queried 241 nurses on their use of smartphones and mobile health apps in the workplace. InCrowd conducted the survey during a two-hour timeframe on May 30 (InCrowd release, 6/8).
The survey found that 95% of respondents own a smartphone, of which 88% reported using their smartphone apps in daily nursing work (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 6/9).
Less than 1% of nurses said they were not allowed to use smartphones at work (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 6/8).
Specifically, the survey found:
- 73% of respondents used their smartphones to find drug information;
- 72% of respondents used mobile apps to find information on diseases and disorders; and
- 69% of respondents used their smartphones to communicate with colleagues (MobiHealthNews, 6/9).
In addition, nurses reported using their smartphones to get fast access to patient care information, such as receiving photos of a patient’s rash and scheduling alerts for medication administration, according to a release (InCrowd release, 6/8).
Meanwhile, the survey also found that:
- 52% of respondents said they used the devices to get an answer to questions they would have otherwise asked a colleague; and
- 32% of respondents said they used the devices to find an answer to a question, rather than asking a physician.
In a follow-up survey that included questions on costs, InCrowd found:
- 87% of nurses reported their employer does not cover smartphone-related expenses;
- 9% of nurses said they were reimbursed for their monthly bill;
- 3% of nurses said they were reimbursed for the smartphone and the monthly bill; and
- 1% of nurses said they were reimbursed for the smartphone (MobiHealthNews, 6/9).