Individuals that participate in consumer-driven health plans have a higher tendency to use a tablet or smartphone for health-seeking purposes according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Results, based on 4,498 privately insured adults conducted in December, discovered that 60% of them utilized a digital device within the year, 60% with the smartphone and 40% with the tablet.

Among the goals of digital use include:

  • App for nutrition (27-32%)
  • Answers to general health questions (25-29%)
  • Diets and weight control (23-27%)
  • Exercise programs (23-26%)

Interestingly enough, as much as 25% of Americans trust mHealth apps as much as their doctors (according to FierceMobileHealthcare)

Currently there are more than 2000 health apps available for smartphones and tablets.  Doctors are even using smartphones to register cardiac patterns (EKGs).

Which apps do you use?

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