How Patients Learn in a Digital Age [Infographic]

While most surveys focus on how physicians interact with patients using technology, the simple truth of the matter is that physicians often see patients the least compared to other members of the healthcare team. Healthcare extenders are non-MD healthcare professionals who work directly with patients. The primary focus would likely be on providers like nurse practitioners.

The following infographic demonstrates how technology and smartphones could easily be used as a communication method. When 95% of healthcare extenders confirm they are printing off and handing paper educational materials to patients, when half o them have a smartphone, there needs to be a reevaluation of process. Only 1 in 4 health extenders have used their smartphone to communicate with a patient. The time is now for nurse practitioners and other health extenders alike to step up to the plate and take advantage of the technologies that they already own.

How Patients Learn in a Digital Age

Via  HealthEd Academy

Since both the healthcare providers and patients already have smartphones, it is not a cost issue, like many would argue. Instead it’s an adaptability issue. Healthcare professions have to stop saying “Oh, I’m not a computer person.” Patients are using smartphones. Healthcare extenders are using smartphones.

Hello! Smartphones are computers!

As the infographic states: “Technology doesn’t have to be cutting edge to be effective.” We need to take advantage of the technologies we already own to help improve patient care.


  1. says

    Thanks so much for sharing our infographic – we love nerdy nurses! Your readers can download the full report this infographic was based on, Healthcare Extender Lens, at our website above.


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