November 26, 2013
The year is drawing to a close, and as some take the time to look back on personal highlights, we've taken the time to compile some mobile health highlights, mostly through numbers. While bigger research companies have forecasted potential growth in the space four or five years ahead, other surveys and studies offer different takeaways on digital health today -- from iPad vs iPhone comparisons to...
October 1, 2013
Self-tracking is gaining traction, and data-driven wellness companies are thriving, but that trend is still falling short of what people with chronic conditions -- the largest draw on our national healthcare resources -- really need. That was the message hidden among the hype at the Health 2.0 opening sessions in Santa Clara this week, where Susannah Fox from the Pew Internet...
July 2, 2013
Mobile operator US Cellular released new data on consumer use of health and fitness apps. Just 10 percent of US Cellular customers use a mobile phone or tablet for health or fitness on a regular basis, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the company by Consumer Insights. The survey of 527 post-paid customers was conducted online in early April.
That 10 percent figure is pretty close to...
June 20, 2013
New research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that adults who are unpaid caregivers for a parent or child use online and mobile health tools considerably more than the average American, but only 59 percent of connected caregivers find internet tools helpful in giving care. Fifty-two percent said that online tools helped them deal with the stress of being a caregiver.
February 28, 2013
Today I'm very excited to announce our latest offering: The MobiHealthNews Podcast. This month MobiHealthNews writer Jonah Comstock and I interviewed a half dozen people about trends surrounding "self-diagnosis", which is at the heart of so much of what we write about here at MobiHealthNews.
The concept of self-diagnosis has existed for at least as long as the concept of the medical professional...
January 15, 2013
When it comes to looking for health information online, consumers have had fairly consistent behaviors over the past 12 years. A new report, Online Health 2013, from The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that of the 81 percent of US adults who use the internet, 72 percent have gone online to look for health information in the past year. Some 59 percent of that...