Mobile & Smartphones in Healthcare: Infographic

Smartphones are Here to Stay

Mobility and the use of smartphones is a growing trend that’s here to stay, as shown in today’s infographic.

Mobile and Smartphones in Healthcare

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Key Points

For blind people using a screen reader, here are the key points:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.