Increased use of mobile devices in clinical settings

Use of mobile devices as a tool in the clinical setting among orthopedic surgeons and trainees has increased during a 48-month period, according to results.

From August 2010 to August 2014, researchers sent a questionnaire to 678 institutions to evaluate the use of mobile devices and applications among trainees and physicians in the clinical setting. Researchers collected data at seven time points from [467, 622, 329, 223, 237, 111 and 134] orthopedic caregivers during a 48-month period.

By Casey Tingle, Healio Orthopedics Today April 26, 2016.

Results showed an increase in the number of providers with Smartphone devices during the 4-year period. Smartphone application use within practice also increased from 59% in 2010 to 84% in 2014 for trainees and from 41% to 62% during 2010 to 2011 for attending surgeons. These rates were around 55% to 60% through 2014 for attending surgeons, according to results. From December 2011 through August 2014, researchers found the use of tablets for medical decisions ranged from 43% to 51% for trainees and from 31% to 39% for attending surgeons.

Patients may have have access to electronic medical records from checkups and outpatient treatments, but typically not for procedures while they're in the hospital. Nir Elias, Reuters

Patients may have have access to electronic medical records from checkups and outpatient treatments, but typically not for procedures while they’re in the hospital. Nir Elias, Reuters

Although most surgeons believed their hospital or institution should support Smartphone use, results showed 50% of orthopedic surgeons responded positively when asked whether their hospital or institution actually supported mobile devices in the clinical setting.

Researchers found an average of 46% of trainees and 31% of attending surgeons thought mobile computing was likely to improve patient interactions between December 2011 and August 2014.

During the same time period, however, researchers also noted 87% of trainees and 58% of attending surgeons believed mobile computing allowed them to be better physicians.

Source Healio Orthopedics Today

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Mobile Device Trends in Orthopedic Surgery: Rapid Change and Future Implications, Andrawis JP, Muzykewicz DA, Franko OI. Orthopedics. 2016 Jan 1;39(1):e51-6. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20151228-01. Epub 2016 Jan 5.

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