20% of US Physicians have already downloaded & used a mHealth App on their Smartphone

In a very positive sign of the rate of mHealth technology adoption, an Epocrates press release published over at MobiHealthNews, reports that 20% of all US Physicians are already using the Epocrates Smartphone Application.

To get this into perspective it’s worth remembering that it’s taken more than a decade and billions of $’s of federal government funds to get to a stage where only 17% of U.S. physicians and less than 10% of U.S. hospitals have only a basic electronic health record system.

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15 Responses to 20% of US Physicians have already downloaded & used a mHealth App on their Smartphone

  1. Brian Dolan says:

    Hi David,

    I think you misread the report.

    Epocrates’ survey found that 1 in 5 (20 percent) of its users were likely to buy an iPad. It also said that 275,000 of its more than 900,000 base is using Epocrates on smartphones — that’s about 30 percent of its user base.

    Not sure how that squares with total clinicians, however.

    Brian

  2. Hi Brian,

    I don’t think I misread the report at all.

    “Today, as the most popular medical program in the Apple app store, more than one in five physicians are actively using Epocrates on their iPhone or iPod touch”

    “More than one in five” = >20%

  3. Brian Dolan says:

    Ah, my mistake — I see it now!

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