Four percent of U.S. adults with chronic conditions use app to track health

A new national survey released by the Pew Research Center has found that only four percent of U.S. adults with chronic conditions use a mobile app to track their health.

The nationwide survey of 3,014 adults explores how people with chronic conditions gather, share, and create health information, both online and offline, as reported by FIerceHealthIT. What the survey found was that people living with chronic conditions are significantly more likely than other adults to track weight, diet, exercise, or health indicators like blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep patterns, or headaches. 

However, the vast majority of survey respondents have shunned technology. Surprisingly, 43 percent of health trackers living with one or more chronic conditions say they just keep track in their heads, while 41 percent report using paper and pencil. 

A minority of survey respondents with one or more chronic conditions actually leverage technology to track their health. Fourteen percent of them indicated that they use a medical device such as a glucometer, four percent use an app or other tool on their mobile device or phone, four percent use a computer program like a spreadsheet, and one percent uses a website. Announcement