A recent study by Springer Publishing Company discovered that more nurses are using mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and e-Book readers.

The report found that 74.6% own a smartphone or tablet, while almost half – 41.5% – own an e-Book reader.

However, only 31.4% of these owners said that they have purchased nursing or medical eBooks for their device, compared to a rate of 53.6% for smartphone and tablet users.

Springer Publishing Company publishes books related to healthcare and social sciences.  They are known as a nursing, psychology, social work, counseling, gerontology, public health, and rehabilitation publisher. The company has won numerous awards, from the American Journal of Nursing Award, to the Choice Awards, and they offer more than a hundred titles annually, in addition to more than twenty journals.

The study was conducted in the form of a poll. Springer Publishing Company polled more than one thousand nurses on their ownership and usage of various mobile devices as well as their personal preferences for nursing and medical apps along with their social media use. The majority of those polled were nurse trainers with advanced nursing degrees.

The study also found that 22% of the smartphone or tablet owners have an Apple iPad, and revealed that Epocrates is the favorite mobile medical application.  We have covered Epocrates products extensively, including the Epocrates EHR.

“These findings indicate the rapid growth of mobile technology use among those in the health care industry, as well as the growing demand for eBooks and mobile applications that serve the professional development and reference needs of nurses”, said Pascal Schwarzer, the vice president of digital business development at Springer Publishing Company.

As mobile devices become more embedded in various aspects of life, the company believes that adoption of therse devices will continue to increase.

“This trend presents a wealth of new opportunities for industries serving the health care professions. Springer Publishing Company, for one, is happy to be meeting the growing needs of this community by making virtually all of our titles available as eBooks and launching an aggressive digital product development program”.

Source: TabTimes