A poll of medical students shows that interest is high in mobile reference, electronic health records and iPhone applications.
This article originally appeared at iMedicalApps.com, part of the HCPLive network.
Epocrates has released the results of its fifth annual Future Physicians of America survey. As reported by Medgadget, the survey reached 700 medical students who answered myriad questions on their motivations to pursue a career in medicine and what resources they use for medical information. Epocrates, of course, is the maker of the popular mobile drug reference application of the same name as well as more in-depth disease references and a forthcoming mobile EHR application (see our March 2010 news item here).
The exact methodology for conducting the survey was not posted but within the supplied data, it is stated that a total of 710 responses were analyzed and that “Students [were] randomly selected to participate”. Click here to see Epocrates’ press release on the survey.
As with all surveys, results are necessarily skewed by selection bias. In this case the respondents all use Epocrates software and thus one would assume already demonstrate an increased interest in mobile medical apps compared to the total cohort of medical students. However, since the methodology has not changed over the last few years, one could also infer that trends within the cohort are reliable and may at least partially reflect trends within the larger group.
To download the complete results from the survey (in PowerPoint format) click here.
With that in mind, here are a few of the many interesting results:
Overall, the results show increasing use of mobile medical software. Blackberry seems to be losing interest among medical professionals, at least among medical students. We will be curious to follow the results of the survey in future years.
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