5. Utilization of mobile health apps increased
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, behavior is the leading determinant of an individual's health. As a result, employers and health professionals are looking for new and innovative approaches to help individuals develop a healthier lifestyle. “The use of technology apps is one approach being increasingly used,” says Pam Kouri, CGP’s director of health and wellness. In the past two years, the volume of commercialized mobile health applications has more than doubled to more than 100,000 apps, according to the Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
However, “while the capability to connect so many individuals to so much information has never been greater, published research is limited as to whether these apps actually improve health outcomes in a meaningful or sustainable way,” Kouri says.