Mobility and the use of smartphones is a growing trend that’s here to stay, as shown in today’s infographic.
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SMART PHONES ARE HERE TO STAY
- 85% of U.S. adults have a cell phone. 53% of those are smart phones.
- Over 1 billion smartphones were in use worldwide in 2012, up from 708 million in 2011 and projected to reach 330 million by 2015, an annual increase of 47%.
- U.S. smartphone use increased 82% from 52 million in 2011 to 95 million in 2012.
SMARTPHONE OWNERS ARE HOOKED
- Total time spent on mobile apps increased 120% from 58.8 billion minutes in 2011 to 129.4 billion minutes in 2012.
- 64% of female and 73% of male smartphone users don’t do an hour without checking their phone.
- 18-30 year olds are the most hooked.
- 90% check their smartphones as part of their morning routine, often before getting out of bed.
THE HEALTH APP TREND
- There are more than 40,000 mobile health apps.
- Health apps in early 2012 were a %718 million global industry.
- 1-in-3 cell phone owners used it for health information, compared to 17% just 2 years ago. Of smartphone owners, 52% gather health information on their phones.
- 1-in-5 smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone. Exercise, diet and weight apps are the most popular.
- Caregivers are more likely than other cell phone owners to use their phones to look for health information, expecially those who recently faced a medical crisis or experienced a recent significant change in their own physical health.
- In the iTunes App Store, there are:
- More than 125 Medicine Reminder apps,
- More than 250 Blood Pressure related apps,
- More than 475 Heart Health apps, and
- More than 1,500 Weight Loss apps.
MOBILE HEALTH EXPECTATIONS
- What do patients expect in the near future?
- 52% expect apps and mHealth services will make healthcare more convenient in the next 3 years.
- 48% expect apps and mHealth services to improve the quality of healthcare they receive in the next 3 years.