People are not using mobile health care apps--
--There are more than 40,000 healthcare apps available
--But only 10% of smartphone users have actually downloaded health-related apps
(Pew Internet and American Life project, 2011).
--That number has remained pretty consistent since 2010.
So, why not?
--Health apps force people to take notice of their health and to accept and take notice of their own behavior (their own failures).
--It’s documented, right there in your face and you can’t get away from it.
--People are leery of their legitimacy and purpose – who created it and what should it really do?
--The apps don’t move and adapt with patients.
That doesn’t mean mobile can’t have an impact on patient health adherence. We just need to go about it another way.
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