Study Shows Growing Consumer Faith in mHealth Apps

Based on the findings of a new survey commissioned by Royal Philips Electronics, a growing number of mobile users are turning to – and trusting – mHealth applications.

Incredibly, one in ten Americans surveyed now believe that if it were not for web-based health information, “they might already be dead or severely incapacitated.”

A quarter of those surveyed use symptom checker websites or home-based diagnosis technology as much as they visit the doctor, while another 27 percent use these interactive applications instead of going to the doctor.

“We are in the early stages of the web-enabled, mHealth, mobile app world of healthcare delivery,” says Dr. Eric Silfen, Chief Medical Officer of Philips Healthcare. “Near-future apps will focus on tying together health information technologies, connecting with doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and patients, all within a social context that facilitates shared medical decision-making.”

It goes without saying that the survey from Philips has prompted the company to predict that smart devices will continue to enable ease of access and care anywhere.

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