This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Siri, MD?: IPhone Changes The Way Consumers Get Medical Information [STUDY]

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a study looking at mobile behavior over the last two years, The Patient's Guide®, a leader in medical publishing online, reports that consumers using their iPhone to gather medical information has increased 94% from 2011 to 2012. The iPhone also topped the list of mobile devices used to seek medical information online with an overwhelming 41% of total mobile traffic for 2012. Based on these trends, Jasson Gilmore, CEO and Co-founder of The Patient's Guide predicts, "By 2014 the iPhone will surpass the desktop as the primary device for health information."

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121204/LA23379LOGO)

For more data and comparisons see study's infographic at http://www.patientsguide.com/siri-md/

The Patient's Guide's, reviewed visitor behavior across 30 health-related websites, compiling aggregate data for mobile trends in locations throughout North America. Engagement behavior from over 12 million visitors over 2 years was evaluated to better understand consumer motivation and tendencies to determine results of the study.

"Knowing that mobile activity has grown significantly over the past three years, we have paid close attention to the trends and patterns shaping the way consumers behave in this space," said Jasson W. Gilmore. "We have seen a sea change in the way consumers use mobile devices to research medical topics online. Physicians are now telling us it's common to see a patient who's reading questions from their iPhones. From that standpoint, I think it's a good thing as patients become more empowered by mobile technology."

Newport Beach resident, Tracy Jones, credits her iPhone with helping her remember which questions to ask her cosmetic doctor when considering a body contouring treatment. "There were 3 different treatments I was considering, all in the $2000 range. I felt I knew quite a bit about each, but I wanted to have specific questions ready, and having the website up on my phone during the consultation helped a lot."

A number of factors may continue to influence this trend, including government regulations and insurance reimbursements, as well as the evolution of mobile computing devices such as the new iPad mini. Mr. Gilmore expects the trend to continue, "I would anticipate mobile devices become the top device consumers will use to research health information by the end of next year. As health providers and institutions evaluate cost-saving measures, I think broader adoption of such devices may help in this effort in the same way electronic medical records have."

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,797.42 -245.48 -1.44%
S&P 500 1,948.94 -23.35 -1.18%
NASDAQ 4,425.1030 -68.2870 -1.52%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs