While healthcare organizations scramble to earn their share of a multibillion-dollar federal pie for the meaningful use of health information technology, medical residents are on the hunt for meaningful smartphone healthcare apps.
Residents seek more apps for clinical use: survey
In a digital survey conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego and sent by e-mail to all accredited graduate medical educations programs, more than 85% of the 3,306 respondents said they used a smartphone. Among them, more than half said they use their phone for clinical purposes—though these uses appeared limited.
"The clinical use of smartphones and apps will likely continue to increase, and we have demonstrated an absence of high-quality and popular apps despite a strong desire among physicians and trainees," the researchers wrote in an online article posted on the Journal of Medical Systems website. "Expanded app functionality is almost certain, but reliability and ease of use will likely remain major factors in determining the successful integration of apps into clinical practice.”
According to the report, the most-used apps were drug guides (79%), medical calculators (18%), coding and billing apps (4%) and "pregnancy wheels" used to calculate due dates (4%).
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