How Your Smartphone Can Make You Healthier

By Jacqueline Kim on

These days, smartphones aren’t just for calling, texting, and Internet browsing. In fact, 62% of people used their smartphones in 2015 to look up a medical condition and 32% have at least one health app on their phone. As this trend continues, discover how to use the latest smartphone technology to track health, assist with workouts, and make you healthier.           

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  • Products like the Samsung Gear Fit2 act as a personalized trainer that allows the user to track workouts, regulate carbs, and stay in shape.
  • It works as a smartphone with features that keep you connected to the home or the office while you work out.


Tracking health indicators:

  • 7 in 10 U.S. adults track a health indicator for themselves or a loved one.
  • 60% track weight, diet, or exercise routines.
  • 33% track other health indicators, including blood pressure and sleep patterns.
  • 21% use some form of technology to track health stats.
  • 54% of people with 2+ conditions update their health notes on a daily basis.
  • 7 million Americans used diet and fitness apps in 2013.
  • Most Popular Apps—
    • Fitbit---Automatically tracks daily steps and distance traveled. Users can personalize the app to their weight loss goals. The app uses graphs and charts to record sleep, diet, and weight data.
    • Apple Health-Organizes information all in one place and allows users to create a customizable medical ID that is accessible from the emergency screen.
    • MyFitness Pal—Keep track of your weight loss journey with this easy-to-use calorie counter app. MyFitness Pal provides motivation for living a healthier life by tracking their meals and physical activity.



  • Sculpt Aim – Using 12 different sensors, this device measures biceps, triceps, abs, and quads—a clever alternative to mirrors, tape measures, and weighing scales.
  • Smart Sonic Toothbrush – Have fun brushing your teeth with 3D motion sensor games that are controlled by the movement of the toothbrush. It also records brushing habits.



  • 29 states have adopted legislation that requires insurers to cover telemedicine.
  • 86% of states cover telemedicine statewide for Medicaid coverage.
  • 53% of online adults 65+ cite “health information” as their top reason for going online.
  • 35% of employer onsite health care centers offer telemedicine.
  • 64% of consumers are willing to see a doctor via video.


With telemedicine on the rise, smartphones are changing the face of healthcare by allowing health-conscious consumers to take charge of their wellbeing.



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