Mobile Health Use Growth and Trends

The Pew Research Center this month just announced results of their mobile health survey which showed:

  • 85% of U.S. adults own a cell phone
  • One in three cell phone owners (31%) have used their phone to look for health information
  • Two years ago only 17% of cell phone owners had used their phones to look for health advice

In the healthcare realm, iHealthBeat collected together a bunch of recent statistics on mobile usage among healthcare providers. Most noteable:

  • HIMSS survey: 45% of respondents said clinicians at their organization use mobile devices to collect data at a patient’s bedside, up from 30% last year.
  • Spyglass Consulting Group: 69% of surveyed hospital nurses said they use their smartphones for personal and clinical communications while on the job.

Also this month, the World Summit Award – Mobile announced their top rankings for the world’s best mHealth applications. The top five apps include solutions for checking cosmetics for hormones, medical education, dealing with psychological stress, a cancer support center, and a diabetes tracker.

As time goes on we hope to see more applications related to health catching on beyond just the weight loss, diet and exercise apps that are currently the majority in the market. However, as discussed at the mHealth Summit last week, providers are going to be the ones who have to drive use of these apps starting with an introduction during a face-to-face office visit with the patient.

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