ONC: Nearly half of smartphone owners use apps to monitor health

Forty-nine percent of smartphone or tablet owners used a health and wellness application to help manage their health in 2018, according to an ONC analysis.

For its report, the ONC analyzed data from HHS' national Health Information Trends Survey to identify how people commonly use electronic devices and health and wellness apps in 2017 and 2018.

When asked why they use a health and wellness app, participants said the following:

·      Track progress on a health-related goal: 75 percent.

·      Make a treatment decision for an illness or condition: 48 percent.

·      Discuss health with healthcare provider: 45 percent.

Additionally, 28 percent of individuals with a health and wellness app or other electronic monitoring device said they used the technology to share information collected from the device with a health professional.

To access the full report, click here.

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