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Phones, tablets may become most popular tech devices for docs since the stethoscope (infographic)

September 25, 2012 9:16 am by | 9 Comments

Smartphones and EMR

Using mobile health tools, doctors have the potential to reach twice as many rural patients, cut administrative costs by 24 percent and reduce the cost of care for seniors by one-fourth of what it is today.

And, if mobile health continues to grow the way it has over the past few years, the smartphone and tablet are poised to become the most popular tech devices for doctors since the stethoscope (by the way, there’s an app and attachment that turn a smartphone into a stethoscope).

Those are some pretty bold statements being made in a new infographic created for the healthcare career site Allied Health World. Marketing firm QuinStreet created the graphic using information from various research firms, news outlets and mobile health organizations.

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On the patient side, not surprisingly, 18 to 29 year olds are the biggest users of mobile health — nearly 30 percent of them report having used their phone to research health information, according to the infographic. Maybe they’re searching the Web to find information about a health condition or downloading one of the more than 40,000 medical apps available today.

According to the infographic, the number of people who downloaded health-related apps nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012. And continued growth of smartphone use will drive global revenue from these apps to nearly 10 times what it is today by 2018.

Check out the full graphic below.

Smartphone = Smart Healthcare?
Courtesy of: Allied Health World

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Deanna Pogorelc

By Deanna Pogorelc MedCity News

Deanna Pogorelc is a Cleveland-based reporter who writes obsessively about life science startups across the country, looking to technology transfer offices, startup incubators and investment funds to see what’s next in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and previously covered business and education for a northeast Indiana newspaper.
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9 comments
GKurtzman
GKurtzman

Thanks the RTs @drferdowsi @hCareMobile @lmsergio @HeartlandTRC! Do you think tablets will be the most popular tech devices for docs?

DrFerdowsi
DrFerdowsi

@GKurtzman @hcaremobile @lmsergio @heartlandtrc Please feel free call to discuss in detail. Great question! Have a great one.

Saaidzz
Saaidzz

@Pocket_Health. Many thanks for the info' :)

lmsergio
lmsergio

@DrFerdowsi @GKurtzman @hcaremobile @heartlandtrc without a doubt. Tablet adoption is already through the roof and can offer time savings

lmsergio
lmsergio

@HeartlandTRC @GKurtzman @hCareMobile probably driven by consumer acceptance, touch UI/UX, powerful cloud systems, retina display for images

HeartlandTRC
HeartlandTRC

@lmsergio @GKurtzman @hCareMobile Why do think #tablet adoption is becoming so much more popular and successful than other #telehealth tech?

HeartlandTRC
HeartlandTRC

@DrFerdowsi @GKurtzman @hCareMobile We agree w/ @lmsergio - #tablets add mobility and convenience that can be a #gamechanger in healthcare

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