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Smartphones: Gateway to Mobile Health

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According to theMobile Health 2012 report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project the use of mobile devices, specifically smartphones, to look for health information is on the rise. According to the report released earlier this month 53% of adults in the United States own smartphones and 31% of smartphone owners have used the device to look for health information. The report also finds that “cell phone owners who are Latino, African American, between the ages of 18-49, or hold a college degree are also more likely to gather health information” via their smartphone device.

Also of interest, the study found that 19% of smartphone owners had at least one health app on their device. Apps are popular tools for smartphones and popular apps include those for exercise, diet, or weight management.




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