Making healthcare digital devices better, together
25th April 2017 by Kimberley Young
It has been estimated that there are over 2.2 million applications on the Apple App Store and 2.7 million on the Google Play store 1 with the numbers increasing by the day. With so much choice, it might be surprising to find that applications (and their related digital devices) remain underutilised within certain industries.
In particular, when it comes to healthcare, despite the growing number of apps, uptake and sustained use remain low 2,3,4. We believe that with growing pressures on healthcare systems and the economy, it is crucial to support people in taking charge of their health; that means making the most of technology.
This is why we are trying to uncover the barriers people face in making the most of the healthcare apps. From this we seek to distil the key set of factors which lead to the success of apps and digital devices within healthcare, with the aim of making them better for everyone.
As part of this research, we are investigating what people look for in healthcare apps. We've created a short questionnaire that takes approximately 5 minutes to do.