The days of relying on books and conference attendance to keep pace with education is long over. Today, physicians are instead using their mobile devices to keep up to date on the latest medical research or double-check reference materials when treating patients.
Spyglass Consulting Group recently completed the "Point of Care Communications for Physicians" study and they found that smartphone use among physicians has increased 60% since 2006. Today, 94% of the medical population says they use their smartphone to manage workflow and access medical information throughout their day. Also, instead of traveling to educational conferences half-way across the country, disrupting their practice schedule, more physicians are taking advantage of the opportunity to watch these presentations on their smartphones and take assessments in order to gain credit. Future advances may include the ability to interact with the presenters and fellow attendees, rather than being a silent participant.
By using the current technology and pushing further, physicians can increase their learning opportunities and use this new knowledge for better patient interactions. Having a wealth of information at their fingertips, physicians can make any situation an opportunity to learn.