When the iPhone 6 and 6 plus were initially launched, I was asked often by my physician peers which size would be best in the clinical setting. I wrote how the 6 plus would present issues with fitting into white coats, and how the larger screen size might be awkward with patients.

At the same time, the larger screen size could be used by physicians who want to read more medical text on a screen or utilize their phone to teach patients various pathology.  Right now though, the data is supporting the larger screen size’s benefits aren’t worth it for physicians (although adoption is still higher than the general public).

UpToDate provided iMedicalApps with an exclusive infograph that shows this:


With almost 170,000 health care providers actively using UpToDate’s mobile products, it’s fair to say that UpToDate has a relatively accurate representation of physician trends.

Of iPhone users, the iPhone 5 and 5S are still being utilized by almost 60% of health care providers, but in just a few months the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have more than a 15% share.

Some interesting trends that medical app developers should be aware of when comparing these to the general public:


Medical App developers should realize that iPhone 6 and 6 plus adoption is significantly higher for health care providers than the general public, and they should make it an emphasize to utilize the larger screen size and iOS 8 platform in general.

As many academic and hospital systems have adopted UpToDate Anywhere, you can now download the UpToDate app and use it for free on your iOS device — we have made a tutorial for this prior.