How Smartphones Are Changing Health Care for Consumers and Providers

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, THINK-Health

Small and user-friendly, smartphones are quickly being adopted by consumers and providers, who have a large and growing array of health-related applications to choose from.

April 2010

The recent adoption and use of smartphones by both consumers and providers of health care are the focus of this timely report by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn. The uptake of this technology is rapid: two-thirds of physicians and 42% of the public used smartphones as of late 2009, despite the recession that began a year earlier.

The creation of applications related to health and health care is also moving quickly. As of February 2010, there were nearly 6,000 such apps in the Apple AppStore. Of these, 73% were intended for use by consumer or patient end-users, while 27% were targeted to health care professionals.

Apps geared to physicians include alerts, medical reference tools, diagnostic tools, continuing medical education, and patient records programs. Consumer-oriented apps include those for medication compliance, mobile and home monitoring, home care, managing conditions, and wellness/fitness.

There are challenges to continued rapid smartphone growth, including business model and privacy issues.

The complete report is available under Document Downloads.

Reader Comments

The reference is from a Manhattan Research report titled "Physicians Get Smart – Docs Using Smartphones Surges in 2009."

- Emma Dugas, CHCF Communications Officer

http://manhattanresearch.com/News-and-Events/Press-Releases/more-docs-using-smartphones
Hi, I'm curious to know the reference for the statement "Two-thirds of physicians used smartphones in 2009". Could you send?