In Which Types of Communities Do Individuals Who Have Downloaded a Health App Live?

Among adults who have downloaded an application to a cellphone or tablet device, 29% have downloaded an app that helps them manage or track their health, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

The survey found that one-third of adults who have downloaded a health-related app live in urban areas, 29% live in suburban communities and 20% inhabit rural areas.

The survey also found that 32% of individuals ages 30 to 49 have downloaded a health app and that 20% of people ages 50 and older have done so.

Results are based on a telephone survey conducted between July 25 and Aug. 26 of 2,260 adults.

Source: Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, "Half of Adult Cell Phone Owners Have Apps on Their Phones"

Jennifer Dennard
To me, these results echo the sentiment that I heard in many of the panel sessions at the recent Health IT Leadership Summit in Atlanta. There is a real need to get rural communities - patients and hospitals - exposed to digital healthcare technology, whether that is a health app, or an EMR.

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