One-fourth of Americans trust mHealth apps as much as their doctors

A quarter of Americans trust symptom checker websites, symptom check mobile apps or home-based vital sign monitors as much as they do their doctors, according to a recent U.S. survey commissioned by Royal Philips Electronics. In addition, about an equal proportion (26 percent) often use these resources instead of going to the doctor.

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The survey was taken from a national sample of 1,003 adults, comprising of 503 men and 500 women ages 18 years and older, living in the continental United States. More than a third (35 percent) of those surveyed believe technology that allows one to monitor their own health is now the key to living a long life.

Around half of those surveyed are comfortable using symptom checker mobile apps or home-based vital sign monitors that automatically share information with their doctor. Announcement