Freshly published findings from a new study conducted by Research Now is providing some positive insight for those who may otherwise doubt the value of mobile medical apps being good for our health.
The digital data collection provider connected with 500 healthcare professionals and 1,000 health app users in the U.S. to reach the following conclusions:
- 46% of healthcare professionals say that they will introduce mobile apps to their practice in the next five years.
- 86% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will increase their knowledge of patients’ conditions.
- 96% of users think that health apps help to improve their quality of life.
- 72% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will encourage patients to take more responsibility for their health.
Vincent DeRobertis, Senior Vice President of Global Healthcare at Research Now, believes that mobile apps for smartphones “are changing the way doctors and their patients approach medicine and health issues.”
“Patients with heart disease can send information about their heart rate straight to their doctors, accessories allow diabetics to monitor their blood glucose levels by sending the results straight to their smartphone, and nutritionists can see trends in patients’ caloric intake and exercise patterns,” DeRobertis adds. “Patients are gathering data about their condition or treatment, ultimately improving their health, or perhaps reducing visits to a physician. Apps are improving healthcare professionals’ knowledge of their patients, while patients feel a lift in their quality of life. Obviously, there is a huge opportunity for the use of these apps.”