Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What impact can health apps have on wellness?

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Source: Mashable
Health apps are the third fastest growing app category, and have a strong presence at over 1000 currently available.  So what can they do for public health?  Doctors believe quite a bit, 40% believing that apps that aid in weight watching, monitoring blood sugar and vital sign monitoring can cut down on doctors visits.

When speaking with Mashable, Chad Udell, managing director of Float Mobile Learning, stated "With the forthcoming changes to the U.S. healthcare system, there will be an increased focus on wellness programs and preventative medicine. Mobile health offers a tremendous opportunity for people to become more involved in their own health and wellness.”

The infographic to the left also points out several other interesting facts: 78% of US consumers are interested in mobile solutions, there are 320 million phones in the US, while there are only 1.7 million hospital beds.  See the graphic at Mashable.

While mHealth apps are very popular and growing daily, what do you think the real impact will be?  Will society take them on begin to use them to manage their health?

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