By tracking health indicators such as blood pressure, heart rate, daily weights and blood sugars (among others) patients can see the impact of interventions such as diet, exercise and drug therapy. Seeing results in real time can be very motivating.
Smartphones, tablets such as the iPad and other mobile technologies are becoming commonplace in the US today. These devices are nimble, efficient and able to process large amounts of data while conveniently sized. In a recent survey in 2012, it was found that nearly 95% of all Americans have mobile phones and 60% have smartphone devices. The numbers are a bit higher in the younger age groups but the devices are prevalent even in the over 65 set. Tablet computer sales are expected to overtake laptops in 2013–one estimate predicts that 240 million tablets and 204 million laptops will be purchased this year. With technology at everyone’s fingertips, it is not surprising that more and more patients are using technology to track their medical conditions.