Do health apps, electronic gadgets and online health websites really help that much, or do they do as much harm as they do good? The answers to these probing questions were answered this week by an extensive report by leading medical experts. Look for your friends, family and maybe even you finding new ways to improve your health with apps in the coming year. R.C.J.
Electronics gadgets and health apps were proven to have a positive effect on the health of users, according to this 549-page report. What they called consumer health informatics (HIT) improves the health care process, especially regarding adherence to medication regimes and to ensure successful treatments. Just as importantly, none of the 146 studies found any evidence of harm coming to patients as a result of misinformation or other negative effects. Check out the full report to see if any of these apps might improve your health!