Use of Smart Phones Among Doctors Up

The Wall Street Journal reports that according to market-research firm Manhattan Research LLC, of New York, about 64% of U.S. physicians are using smart phones; up from just 50% two years ago. The firm expects that figure to increase to 81% by 2011, with the majority of physicians owning iPhones or BlackBerrys.Among U.S. doctors with smart phones, BlackBerry devices still prevail, with a 37% usage rate, compared with 27% for the iPhone, according to Manhattan Research. Fraser Edward, head of RIM’s market development for health care, says he touts the BlackBerry’s reputation for security of sensitive information like patient data when he talks to hospital administrators.Smart-Phone Makers Call the Doctor