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75 percent of nurses own smartphones or tablets
According to a new study conducted by textbook publisher Springer Publishing, 74.6 percent of nurses in the US use smartphones or tablets. Of those smartphone owners, 43.7 percent own an iPhone or iPod Touch, 29.8 percent an Android phone, and 22 percent an iPad. The survey was conducted in September 2011.
Curiously, the number of respondents that said they owned a smartphone or tablet (821) matched the number who said they were primarily employed at a college or university. While it’s not clear, we believe that means about 821 of the respondents were nursing students. No surprise if the majority of nursing students use some form of smartphone or tablet, but that would make the overall metric coming out of this survey less compelling.
The publisher’s survey include responses from approximately 1,100 respondents. Many of the respondents possessed Master’s degrees in nursing (40.5 percent).
In a separate survey conducted by physician mobile and online community QuantiaMD this summer, eighty percent of physicians said they owned a smartphone and 1 in 4 MDs owned both a smartphone and a tablet. Manhattan Research surveys indicate that more than 80 percent of US physicians now use a smartphone or PDA.
According to the Springer survey results, despite the substantial amount of smartphone and tablet owners, almost half (46.4 percent) of the nurses surveyed have never downloaded a medical app. Of those that did, 27 percent downloaded only free apps, 22.7 percent downloaded both free and paid, 3.8 percent only downloaded paid apps. Perhaps not surprisingly, the majority of respondents said Epocrates was their favorite app.
100Plus Raises $500K From Founders Fund And Peter Thiel To Predict Your Health
Want to predict what your personal health will look like tomorrow, or 10 years from now? Well, look no further than 100Plus a new stealthy health startup founded by Chris Hogg, a healthcare and health data research specialist and Ryan Howard the Founder and CEO of free EMR service, Practice Fusion.
Essentially, 100Plus is a personalized health prediction platform that uses data analytics and game mechanics to show just how much small changes in one’s behavior can lead to a longer and fuller life.
And for their own financial health, the startup announced this morning that it has raised a $500,000 round of seed funding from Founders Fund via its own founder and managing partner, Peter Thiel. Thiel, for those unfamiliar, is the co-founder and former CEO of Paypal and was the first investor in Facebook.
It’s no mystery why 100Plus’ mission is appealing to investors. The healthtech space is booming, and entrepreneurs and investors are looking for smarter and more effective ways to leverage the ever-growing healthcare dataset to build smart solutions that lead to healthier lifestyles and longer lives. Unanimously, we all want to be healthier, and we also want to know how our current behaviors are going to effect us down the line.
23andMe is a great example of this, as it is attempting to build the largest dataset and resource for genetic information on the planet as well as offering genetic analysis to let users see if they are at risk for a number of diseases. Obviously, the possibilities are many. Like 23andMe, 100Plus is building an interactive health application that leverages large clinical datasets. Using its own algorithms to parse that data, it will then show users personalized predictions of their future health as well as allow them to compare their health those with common dimensions of health and habits.