November 8, 2012
The recent Pew Internet Project study reported that only 9 percent of American adults use texting to get health updates, although 80 percent use text messaging. As app adoption stagnates, some start-ups, like California-based HealthCrowd, are hitching their wagon to mobile messaging, including text messaging, rather than apps, as the future of patient engagement.
“There are too many apps out...
November 2, 2012
According to a forthcoming survey from Pew Internet Project, 7 in 10 American adults are self-trackers of some kind.
Sixty percent of Americans are tracking weight, diet, or exercise, said Associate Director of Digital Strategy Susannah Fox, who previewed some results from the survey at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston last week. One third track health indicators or symptoms, and one...
April 26, 2011
A new survey by the Consumer Health Information Corporation (CHIC) found that for all types of smartphone apps (not just health) 74 percent of apps were no longer used after the tenth try. What's more, 26 percent of apps were dropped after the first try. Reasons for dropping an app included finding a better one (34.4 percent), its lack of "user friendliness" (32.6 percent), or it not being...
April 23, 2009
Participatory medicine is taking hold among citizens and health professionals, The Pew Internet & American Life Project's health research and digital strategy head Susannah Fox said during an plenary session here at Health 2.0 in Boston. There are, however, pockets of people who lack access to basic technology, lack the skills to participate, lack the interest to try something new, or lack...