Prescribing to mobile health apps
| by Naina Khedekar
Healthcare in the mobile age is fast turning into a hot topic with the availability of numerous health and fitness apps, across various platforms like iOS, Android and BlackBerry. There is an app to track down what you eat and count your calories, keep a tab on your exercise regime, check your BMI and heart rate, and much more. Turning your mobile app into your workout trainer or your food/exercise tracker is being widely accepted. But the question is how reliable are these apps when it comes to keeping a track of health conditions that need more immediate attention, like monitoring diabetes or high pressure.
Mashable recently revealed data from Float Mobile, after learning that 40 percent of doctors believe that using healthcare apps will reduce the number of visits to doctors. 88 percent doctors completely support patients keeping a watch on their health at home using mobile apps when it comes to watch out one's weight, blood sugar and for other vital signs. Even consumers would like to put their mobile apps to better use, according to the study. The healthcare apps category is becoming the third-fastest growing one, among iOS and Android users. Doctors have been widely using mobile devices for easy access to vast information, saving time on admin work and making faster decisions.
The mobile app market has seen a huge boost with the Android Play store giving neck-to-neck competition to the Apple App Store, followed by other players, such as BlackBerry, Nokia and Samsung, to name a few. To know how well the health mobile apps perceived in india, we spoke to renowned nutritionists about what they think about mobile health apps.
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