Most common types of health-related content used on mobile devices among U.S. physicians in 2015

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Percentage of respondents
Specialty-specific/clinical content61%
Pharmaceutical information53%
Continuing medical education (CME) articles32%
Practice management articles28%
New practice management and device
technologies related to my field
CME videos22%
I don't read professional content on my mobile device21%

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This survey shows the percentage of physicians in the United States based on their use of mobile devices for viewing leading types of health-related content, as of January 2015. At this time, 28 percent of surveyed physicians used mobile devices for viewing practice management articles. Use of digital health has grown in the medical industry as consumers are expressing increasing interests in mobile health technologies.
Health-related content used on mobile devices

Physicians have increased their use of digital technologies as part of their medical profession. In 2015, 53 percent of doctors used mobile devices to search for pharmaceutical information and 28 percent used mobile technology to view practice management articles. However, many physicians report they have insufficient access to important digital health resources. Over three-quarters of physicians report a desire for better access to journal articles and publications and over half desire better access to medical applications for their mobile devices. However, doctors still tend to use smartphones in their practices primarily for their own benefit, whereas tablets and computers are more often shared with the patient. Smartphone usage among physicians is primarily used as a quick reference to drug and other health information.

Within affluent households in the U.S., 31.4 percent of members in households earning incomes over 200,000 U.S. dollars reported obtaining medical information on the internet. Almost 50 percent of patients in developed markets, such as the United States, expect that mobile health will make healthcare substantially more convenient for them in the next three years and these services and applications will improve the quality of healthcare. Relying on smartphones is increasing among consumers globally and is reflected in the increasing demand for digital health improvements.
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Release date
March 2015
United States
Survey time period
As of January 2015
Number of respondents
375 physicians

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