Merck Manuals released a survey of 220 PCPs last week that showed how they use mobile devices in their professional duties. Some of the findings were surprising even in this environment of mobile immersion.
- 80% use the information to inform their diagnosis or treatment plans for patients
- 66% catch up on the latest news in the medical community
- 60% use it to explain and further illustrate information to patients
- 28% send information directly to patients
“Mobile technology is not meant to replace the patient/doctor relationship,” said Dr. Robert S. Porter, M.D., Merck Manuals Editor-in-Chief. “In fact, it can enhance the office visit by allowing them to review information together, as our survey found.”
Some other mobile-focused findings from the folks that provide the Merck Manual apps:
- 56% say doctors and patients are more likely to review information together on mobile
- 34% say that patients arrive better informed (but 33% also say they arrived misinformed)
- 29% say appointments are more efficient
The Merck survey provides more evidence that mobile is important and is starting to be used inside the physician-patient conversation rather than just individually.
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