Americans are becoming more and more health conscious every day, and with the proliferation of smart devices, keeping track of our health is getting easier. One sure way to get Americans to pay attention to their bodies is through the use of healthcare apps. In fact, medical apps are exploding in the Apple and Android app stores, and smartphone users with chronic conditions have already unlocked the power of healthcare apps and other users are not far behind.
With the medical app market expanding from its $490 million 2015 level, when 40 percent of sales came from health monitoring apps, it seems that the opportunity is ripe for developers to get into the action.
One recent report published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that one in three mobile users with chronic conditions is already using apps to help them manage their health. And yet, according to a 2014 report co-authored by Murray Aiken, executive director of the IMS Institute of Healthcare Informatics, almost half (46 percent) of the medical apps available from the Apple store were not actually healthcare apps at all, according to an IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics infographic on mHealth News and just 159 of the 43,700 apps had the ability to track or capture user data.
So what makes for a good app?