Use of health apps will reduce in future, says study

By TNT Bureau

Jan 19, 2016: According to a recent study, use of health apps will reduce in future. It was found that 58% of people in America have downloaded some health apps on their smartphones, out of which 48% of them do not use the apps at all.

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Owning a smartphone indicates that you must be having a whole lot of apps including a couple of health apps as well. However, how often do you use them or do you use them at all? This is exactly what the new study wants to find out so that the health app professionals and developers can do something in order to improve the usability.

The real impact of health apps

The study which was published in the journal Medical Internet Research said that there is a chance for the health apps to improve the medical condition of patients predominantly in underserviced groups. However, good amount of researches must be carried on to know their actual efficiency.

The research head Dustin Duncan who is also the leading epidemiologist at Langone Medical Center New York said that the study is the most in-depth examination till date with regards to actual use of health apps.

He said that smartphone apps contain a lot of potential to instill healthy habits among people who might be difficult to contact in other ways particularly those who fall under minority low income group.

In order to examine as to how common downloaded health apps and their uses are in actual practice, a survey was conducted by the researchers.

The survey scanned a number of US people who were asked 36 questions with regards to health app use and also few personal queries.

It was seen that all the volunteers spoke English and had a smartphone. Also, they were of 18 years and above and most of them earned less than $50,000 annually.

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The results of the survey

The survey showed that around out of 1604 smartphone users, 58% of them had downloaded one health apps whereas 42% had downloaded around four to six health apps.

Out of the people who used these apps, 65% said that such apps have actually improved their health and wellbeing. Also, most of them showed their belief in the efficiency and correctness of the health apps.

As against this, it was also seen that 46% of them downloaded health apps but did not use them. In addition barriers to more effectual use of the apps were found to be concerns over privacy, disinterest over time and cost.

Fascinatingly, the most used health apps was personal fitness and nutrition. It was seen that almost 47% monitored weight loss. 48% tracked food consumption, 34% gave exercise instructions and 53% checked fitness levels.

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