InformationWeek: 10 Healthcare Apps That Will Make You Ill
When it comes to protecting your health, what's on your smartphone might be just as important as what doctor you see. InformationWeek has a list of 10 you should avoid.
Aug 4, 2014
NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're thinking about downloading an app to your smartphone or tablet to help you track your health or monitor your workout, InformationWeek has a bit of advice: Watch out.
In her most recent post for InformationWeek, Senior Editor Alison Diana takes a look at 10 healthcare apps that can make you sick, including ones that claim to "cure" various conditions. In the United States, a number of different government regulatory bodies have clamped down on some of the most egregious of these apps, but many remain in various app stores.
By 2017, the market for mHealth applications is expected to reach about $26 billion. While some developers have complained that more regulations will create more lag time in getting new apps to market, it seems health, privacy, and security concerns trump other considerations.
In her post, Diana writes that "Healthcare providers, too, find it increasingly difficult to discern valid from invalid apps, making it tougher to recommend mHealth apps to motivated patients."
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