Survey: 46 percent of clinicians plan to use health apps in practices by 2020

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A study on US shown that 46 percent of healthcare professionals want to introduce smartphone apps into their practice within the next five years.

About 86 percent of healthcare professionals said they think health apps will help increase their understanding of a patient’s conditions and 72 percent said they predict that patients who use health apps will take more responsibility for their health. About 50 percent of providers think health apps will make patient treatment more efficient and 46 percent said the apps will improve their relationships with patients. 

A large majority of healthcare professionals, 76 percent, said health apps would be helpful for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Meanwhile, 61 percent of healthcare professionals said health apps could help patients who are at-risk for developing health issues, 55 percent said these apps could help people who are healthy, and 48 percent think health apps could potentially help patients who were recently discharged from a hospital.

The consumer health app portion of the survey found that while 96 percent of users surveyed said health apps could help improve their quality of life.