The Real Promise of Mobile Health Apps: Scientific American | Heart and Vascular Health |

Take Home Message: These cool apps are not ready for prime time but have great potential.


The director of NIH, Francis Collins gives his optimistic view that Mobile devices have the potential to become powerful medical tools. Cell phones and wireless sensors to gather & access health data has grown quickly in recent years. Popular mHealth apps are used for counting calories, gauging nutrition, tracking workouts, calculating body mass index and quitting smoking.These worthy efforts pale next to the potential of mHealth to aid in medical research and health care.

Maintaining privacy and security of health data is a challenge that calls for research.