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.