More Doctors Using Smart Phones to make Decisions for Prescribing Medication

Smart phones may be able to find out all the information in the world, but are they good for helping you make decisions on prescribing medication. Recent studies show that more and more doctors are using their smart phones at work. According to a survey conducted by ad agency WPP’s Kantar Media, nearly three-quarters of doctors in the U.S. use their smart phones to make work-related decisions. During this survey, which consisted of over 3,000 physicians who represent 21 different specialities, researchers found that 74 percent of those physicians admitted to using their smart phones for professional reasons. In addition to just using a smart phone, 38 percent of physicians said they used a tablet as well as a smart phone. The agency also found that 43 percent of all physicians said they used their smart phones to look up reference drug data, 39 percent surveyed said they used them to perform clinical calculations, and 31 percent make prescribing decisions from their smart phones. During an annual survey of trends, researcher found that 72 percent of physicians in the United States now use tablets, which is a 30 percent increase from 2011.