7 mobile apps for chronic condition management


By Julie Bird

In a report released last May, the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation said more than 40,000 mobile health applications are available across multiple platforms, including more than 12,000 at the Apple iTunes store alone. While fitness apps represent a big chunk of available healthcare apps on the market, an increasing number are designed to help consumers identify chronic conditions, track symptoms and better manage their diseases.

And with the number of Americans living with chronic disease expected to reach 157 million by 2020, according to research from RAND, the market for mobile health apps to help patients manage such diseases is large and growing.

Diabetics represent the biggest market for mobile health apps over the next five years, according to mobile research firm research2guidance, followed by obesity, hypertension, coronary disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

With that in mind, FierceMobileHealthcare is highlighting seven mobile applications targeting chronic disease management. Check out our slideshow to learn more.