A study of health apps on the Apple and Google app stores tried to determine if the apps had even a modicum of usefulness to them. The testers looked to see if the apps offered any useful functionality to patients. When the analysis was done the authors had found a small subset of health apps that seemed to have some merit:
- 17% of iOS apps
- 13% of Android apps
There were a lot of reasons an app could be discarded:
Patients are in a familiar place: they have to sift through many “false positives” before they can find an app that will meet their needs. Healthcare marketers have an opportunity to offer valuable help to physicians and provide lists of apps that have merit for the condition they treat. And, if there is no app currently, to create one.
Source: The Commonwealth Fund
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