Consumer Use of Computerized Applications to Address Health and Health Care Needs. Take action to monitor and improve health


It is difficult to discern how many individuals are using applications that allow them to take action on their health. For example, a 2002 study found that about 7% of doctors who reported going online said they engaged in remote disease monitoring,[116] but it is possible that a larger proportion of individuals were monitoring their own symptoms without interacting online with their providers. It is also difficult to ascertain how many individuals are using decision aids; several producers of these products estimated that they were used approximately nine million times in 2006, primarily through the internet.[117]

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