Demand is growing in the American market for mobile apps to help manage health. A study of over 2,000 US adults by Harris Interactive in May of this year found a significant and likely growing portion of the population that wants to take ownership of their health through mobile apps.
In a Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey released Tuesday, more than one-third of respondents who are online said they were “very” or “extremely” interested in using smartphones or tablets to ask their doctors questions, make appointments or get medical test results. … The survey results show that the demand for digital assists to health care is “strong and likely to grow,” said Humphrey Taylor, chairman of The Harris Poll.
Some of the more interesting numbers in the study:
- 45% of smartphone or tablet owners want to be able to book appointments with their doctors via the devices
- 42% of owners want to be able to check a medication’s efficacy and side effects using the device
- 40% want to be able to get the results of their tests on the device
- 44% want to be able to check blood pressure (42% heart health, 41% diet or exercise tracker)
- 51% are “somewhat confident” that their medical information will be kept safe (24% not very confident, 11% not at all confident, 14% very confident)
“This poll shows us that the public is interested in using these apps,” Schleyer said. “But the health-care system has to make it easier for them to do it.”
Source: Harris Interactive