Americans want health via smart phones

At Axial, we have a good perspective on the mobile health revolution. Everyday people use our smartphone and tablet apps to manage their health, including hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, CHF, and heart disease. It is encouraging, but not suprising, to see data published on broader mobile health adoption. Harris Interactive / Health Day released the results of a poll that underscores the growing demand for mobile health. The poll results are based on an online survey of 2,050 Americans aged 18 and older, conducted between May 22-24, 2013. Some highlights:

 

  • 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. Similar numbers of respondents were eager to use mobile phones and tablets for actual health-care services -- such as monitoring blood pressure or blood sugar, or even getting a diagnosis.

 

  • 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.

 

  • One-quarter of people aged 65 and older were very interested in using the devices to help manage their blood pressure, for instance -- compared to 38 percent of younger people.

 

source: Harris Interactive / HealthDay

 

The demand for mobile health is not slowing down. It is incredible to consider that the smartphone revolution was kicked off by the original iPhone launch just 6 years ago. What will the next 6 years look like?  

 

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