“Sent from my iPhone.” Those words are appearing at the end of more and more emails from physicians. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise. According to Manhattan Research, a market research firm, 72 percent of U.S. physicians now use smartphones.
The firm predicts that by 2012, a full 81 percent will have them, especially as hospitals and clinics make it possible for physicians to use their phones to access patients’ electronic health records and as more apps for reference materials and guidelines become available. With that in mind, we asked physicians in an online survey whether they were carrying smartphones and, if so, how they were using them in practice. The responses we received showed that those who have the devices find themselves increasingly dependent them. (One respondent went so far as to say she would marry her iPhone.)