Doctors and smartphones: a look back at the Vidal/French medical association (CNOM) survey

Services | 23 Jan 2013
What has the impact of the widespread usage of smartphones and mobile Internet been on doctors and their work? After the white paper on “Medical ethics on the web”, and our inventory of reference documents on medicine 2.0, Vidal in partnership with CNOM carried out a "survey on doctors who use smartphones", we follow.
What has the impact of the widespread usage of smartphones and mobile Internet been on doctors and their work? Following the white paper on “Medical ethics on the web”, and our inventory of reference documents on medicine 2.0, Vidal in partnership with CNOM has carried out a “survey on doctors who use smartphones” .

The survey is based on a study carried out of 2,131 doctors with smartphones by Vidal, the publisher of the popuar medical drugs dictionary (already available as a mobile app), in partnership with the French medical association (CNOM).

Today, 38% of French people have a smartphone and 77% of them use it every day to consult the Internet, according to a recent study carried out by Google. LThe Vidal survey gives an overview of the extent to which doctors have taken up this technology, and shows how it is changing their practices.

Amongst the findings, some figures are particularly interesting:
  • 94% of doctors with a smartphone use it for their job : smartphones have become an everyday tool in medical practice for healthcare professionals. The most popular use for them by far (86%) is diary management. “Given the fall in the number of secretaries working at doctors’ surgeries, smartphones really are becoming a tool for managing their professional diaries, just like the web,” states the survey.
     
  • More than half (53%) of doctors who use smartphones have medical apps : 68% concern drug-related databases and 65% concern drug interactions. Smartphones are therefore really becoming a tool for helping with prescriptions.
     
  • A communications tool for patients : more than half of doctors say that they give their patients their number, which is a sign of the close relationship that exists between them.
The survey was carried out as part of the observatory on “digital usage in healthcare”, created by Vidal to “provide a new source of information on this topic”. This was its first publication.

To find out more :

The CNOM page dedicated to the "First survey on doctors who use smartphones" (in french)
Vidal Website

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