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Use of mobile apps by medical Personnel

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Use of mobile apps by medical Personnel

  1. 1. Using of the internet and mobile apps, at work, by the medical personnel from Romania Dr. Mihai Negrea
  2. 2. About • Before developing an app for medical doctors in Romania we wanted to know if there is interest • To learn how doctors use mobile devices • Computers • Internet connection at work • And if they use it for work purposes or not
  3. 3. How? • We developed a questionnaire • We`ve put it on the website www.DrGrouper.ro • It wasn’t publicly available only by certain link • We advertised it to people interested in medicine- profession doctors on Facebook also based on their University studies and age (25-65 years) both men and women • Budget spent 100 LEI to send the add. We got 227 valid answers out of 339 clicks (66.69%)
  4. 4. The Ad – Boosted Post
  5. 5. Results • Professional degree- Consultant 30.39% Resident MD 48.01% Registrar MD 21.58% • General Practitioner 11.01%, clinical physicians 80.17%, paraclinic physicians 8.81% • 98.68% have smartphones • 60.35% also own a tablet • 91.62% – have internet connection on their own terminals • 37.44% don`t have access to internet from the hospital/unit they work in • 14.97% have bad connection to internet at work • 5.28% don`t use internet at work
  6. 6. When they need medical/professional information at work • 98.23% use internet at work to find professional information • Consultants use smartphones – 69.56%, laptop or pc – 27.53%, and books 2.89%. • Registrar MDs – 79% use smartphones, 20.42% laptop or PC • Residents MDs – 88.99% smartphones, 9.17% use laptop or pc, 1.83% use books
  7. 7. Willing to pay for medical apps • Consultants – 43.47% • Registrar MDs – 34.69% • Resident MDs – 35.77%
  8. 8. Discussions • It was only an online questionnaire – so we could target the MDs that use Facebook and internet • We didn`t mean to use these data as scientific data about app usage so we don`t have information about gender, age, or medical specialization • We would`ve need some control questions but in the start-up environment it`s difficult to make big questionnaires • Also the only incentive was full access before launching the DrGrouper app and future development to premium app
  9. 9. Conclusions • For Romanian medical doctors internet is the first choice for looking for professional information • Resident Mds are more likely to use their phones to search for information • Consultants are more likely to pay for professional apps or access to information • Books are not the first choice to look for information regardless of the professional degree • Although we know this a significant range of hospitals and medical units don`t have internet access • We can presume that there is a commercial market for professional apps for MDs
  10. 10. Further studies • Studies on hospital or medical units – about behavior regarding technology and solutions for doctors • Studies about commercial development of medical apps and websites • Studies about scientific validity of medical apps and liability

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