Doctors don’t use handhelds for medicine


CIO Insight has published a very interesting article that examines how doctors are using handhelds in the practice of medicine.  I am surprised at their findings- physicians in the US are five times as likely to use handhelds as their non-physician counterparts but they do not use it for medical reference, even though many in the study admitted they had such information on the handheld device.  The study points out that 57% of all physicians use either a PDA or a Tablet PC but less than a third of them use the handheld device to access the reference material.  This seems like a big waste of technology.  The article details this study and is a good read.



I wonder how he was able to do the whole gorilla thing from Datebk+…guess not. Thanks for the history lesson. ;)


Actually I think CESD (Datebk3/4/5 author) was a multimillionaire *before* he coded the apps for Palm


That’s a very interesting survey–a lot of mixed messages actually.

Doctors that access to prescribing use it 3 times out of 5, but a majority only use the basic PIM features. This gives Craig1959’s and JackAubrey’s assertions at Brighthand have more merit (unfortunately).

Makes me want to talk to some doctor buddies and venture at any possible business opportunities. The guy that built Datebk+ for the Palm in the late-90’s is multi-millionaire now and runs a gorrilla preserve.


The kind of reference materials physicians need on the go is very limited. Once in practice, most new information is accessed through medical journals and is usually accessed outside of direct patient care time.

PDAs and tablet pcs are used, as they are in other fields, more for data capture or for in the moment info, like contacts, calendar and tasks.

As a Treo600/Toshiba M205 carrying physician who graduated 30 years ago, there’s not a lot of reference material I have time to access when I’m on the go.


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