Just two years ago, surveys showed that most doctors used three screens in their daily activities: a smartphone, a tablet, and a laptop or desktop. They used smartphones to check email or look something up on an app, tablets for journal reading, CME, video, and desktops or laptops primarily for EHRs. Smartphones have typically been physician-facing, with tablets and laptops being used for patient education.
But that may be changing, thanks to a new device that’s a combination of a smartphone and a tablet computer — dubbed a “phablet.” These include Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, with a screen size of 5.5,” and the Nokia Lumia 1520, which runs on Windows and has a 6″ screen. (In comparison, a typical tablet screen ranges from 7″ to 10″.) This year, total phablet volume is predicted to top 318 million, surpassing the 233 million tablets forecast to ship in 2015.