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

03/01/2009

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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