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Doctors believe health apps will reduce visits [infographic]

The emerging field of Mobile Health (mHealth) has enabled people to use smartphones to keep track of their health and answer health-related questions with a quick tap on the screen and now many doctors believe using apps will help cut down on doctor visits, a new infographic suggests.

According to the data revealed by Float Mobile Learning, 40% of US doctors believe that using mobile health technologies like apps to track your calorie intake and monitor exercise can reduce the number of patient visits. In fact, 88% of the doctors would like their patients to monitor their health at home, particularly their weight, blood sugar and vital signs, with almost four out of five doctors already using medical apps.

Chad Udell, managing director of Float Mobile Learning, said: “With the forthcoming changes to the U.S. healthcare system, there will be an increased focus on wellness programs and preventative medicine. Mobile health offers a tremendous opportunity for people to become more involved in their own health and wellness.”

With more than 10,000 medical and healthcare apps available on Apple’s iTunes App Store it is safe to say that the mobile health industry is growing; it is the third-fastest growing app category for both iPhone and Android phones.

[via Mashable]

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