Although 74% of doctors are using smartphones for work, app usage isn’t growing very quickly, according to a March 2013 study by Kantar Media. The most common type of app used by doctors on a smartphone (72%) is for diagnostic and clinical-reference purposes, up from 70% in March 2012. Drug and coding reference app usage is also up slightly from 2012 from 61% to 64%. EMR apps are used on smartphones by less than 15% of doctors. Among tablet users, the apps most often used are for medical journals/ newspapers/magazines (73%) followed by diagnostic tools/clinical references (61%), and EMR (49%). Read more here.
The AO Surgery Reference is a comprehensive portal of surgical knowledge that includes hundreds of surgical procedures and approaches, tools to help make surgical decisions, and access to hundreds of pages of previously published AO material. Developed by the AO Foundation, the reference is now available via iPhone, iPad, and Android apps. This app is a good starting point to access information about the treatment and management of traumatic fractures. According to a recent JBJS survey of orthopaedic surgeons, AO apps were mentioned second to Epocrates as a favorite medical mobile app.