The online health-information environment is going mobile, particularly among younger adults. The Pew Internet Project’s latest survey of American adults, conducted in association with the California HealthCare Foundation, finds that 85% use a cell phone.
* 17% of cell owners have used their phone to look up health or medical information and 29% of cell owners ages 18-29 have done such searches.
* 9% of cell owners have software applications or “apps” on their phones that help them track or manage their health.Some 15% of those ages 18-29 have such apps.
This means that health-information searches and communications have joined the growing array of non-voice data applications that are being bundled into cell phones.