The Pew Internet Project, an initiative of the Pew Research Center, recently released the results of a large-scale survey on how smartphone owners are using their devices to get health information.

A nationwide survey was conducted of 3,014 adults across the US from August 7 through September 6, 2012.

Data collected from the study demonstrated that 1 in 3 cell phone users (31%) had used their device to look up health information. This is up from a study conducted two years ago that found only 17% had used their device to look up health information.  Overall, users who are Latino, African American, between the ages of 18-49, or hold a college degree were most likely to use a cell phone to collect health information.

The survey also noted that users health status also played a role in their adoption of smartphones for health information. Caregivers, recent health crises, and changes in physical health sparked greater use in using phones to seek health information.

For us at iMedicalApps, the most interesting part is that 19% of smartphone users demonstrated utilization of health apps. This was predominantly regulated towards exercise, diet, and weight apps as being the most popular.

iMedicalApps will cover the results of this survey in more detail in the next few days as we discuss the implications for mobile health development, and what apps may be playing a significant role in the population.

Source: Pew Internet