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Health apps abound, but usage low in US: Study

Published on Jan 28, 2013 2:10 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US consumers are being offered a cornucopia of smartphone apps to track or manage health, but only a small number of people are using them, according to a survey released today.

The Pew Research Centre's study found that only about seven per cent of people surveyed used a smartphone app to track a health indicator like weight, diet, exercise routine or to monitor a chronic disease such as diabetes.

"There's still a low uptake in terms of apps and technology," said lead researcher Susannah Fox.

"It is surprising. We've been looking at health apps since 2010, and health app uptake has been essentially flat for three years."

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