The nature of healthcare is changing. It is projected that by 2015, there will be 500 million people using mobile health applications. As people increasingly seek web-based answers to health problems and mHealth apps become more common, it is easy to wonder how people really feel about the mHealth trend. Do people find it too impersonal? Too prone to error?
One health and well-being company decided to find out. Royal Philips Electronics released the findings of their U.S. survey, offering promising insights for those who are involved with driving mHealth technology.
Among the key findings of the survey, Royal Philips Electronicsfound:
11 percent of those surveyed believe that web-based health information has saved their lives or helped them to avoid serious health consequences, noting that without it, “they might already be dead or severely incapacitated”.41 percent of those surveyed responded that they were “comfortable” using websites to check their symptoms.27 percent of those surveyed said that they use applications, instead of going to the doctor, when they have a health problem.Over 33 percent of those surveyed responded that they believe that monitoring their own health through technology is “the key to living a long life”.