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Digital data collection provider, Research Now, spoke to 500 healthcare professionals and 1,000 health app users in the UK.
The survey asked healthcare professionals whether they currently use smartphone technology in their medical practice; whether they thought it was beneficial and for which types of patients; under what conditions they thought it had the greatest potential; and whether they thought that the National Health Service (NHS) should increase its investment in smartphone technology to monitor patients' health.
The health app users were asked which types of apps they use and how they feel about using smartphone technology in relation to their health.
• 48 percent of healthcare professionals say that they will introduce mobile apps to their practice in the next five years.
• 81 percent of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will increase their knowledge of patients' conditions.
• 93 percent of users think that health apps help to improve their quality of life.
• 65 percent of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will encourage patients to take more responsibility for their health.
• 52 percent of UK medical professionals and 78 percent of health app users say that the NHS should increase its investment in developing smartphone technology to monitor patients' health.