Pew Internet and American Life Project

By Brian Dolan April 2, 2015
Almost two-thirds -- 64 percent -- of adults in the US now own a smartphone, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. That's up from 58 percent in early 2014. Back in 2011 Pew reported that just 35 percent of American adults were smartphone owners. Pew's recent report is based on a number of surveys, including a telephone survey of more than 2,000 people conducted last December and a...
By Jonah Comstock December 18, 2014
A wearable device with an emergency button, from Lifecomm. Parks Associates has released new research about caregivers and the role digital health devices play in their lives. According to Parks, 41 percent of US caregivers in households with broadband internet use a digital health device. Eight percent use some kind of online tool to coordinate their efforts. The report, "360 View: Health...
By Jonah Comstock March 10, 2014
CareBeacon, a startup based in Los Angeles, is offering a low-cost mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) in the form of an iPhone app. For $8 to $13 per month, users can download an app that will text and call friends and family members when it detects a fall. Just as ProtoGeo's Moves application demonstrated that activity tracking can be done on the smartphone itself, with no need...
By Jonah Comstock November 26, 2013
Just 72 percent of Americans with one or more chronic conditions have internet access and only 78 percent have a mobile phone. That's compared to 89 percent and 91 percent, respectively, of those without chronic illness, according to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life project. At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Pew Research Center director Susannah Fox gave a...
By Jonah Comstock October 1, 2013
Susannah Fox Self-tracking is gaining traction, and data-driven wellness companies are thriving, but that trend is still falling short of what people with chronic conditions -- the largest draw on our national healthcare resources -- really need. That was the message hidden among the hype at the Health 2.0 opening sessions in Santa Clara this week, where Susannah Fox from the Pew Internet...
By Jonah Comstock July 2, 2013
Mobile operator US Cellular released new data on consumer use of health and fitness apps. Just 10 percent of US Cellular customers use a mobile phone or tablet for health or fitness on a regular basis, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the company by Consumer Insights. The survey of 527 post-paid customers was conducted online in early April. That 10 percent figure is pretty close to...
By Jonah Comstock June 20, 2013
New research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that adults who are unpaid caregivers for a parent or child use online and mobile health tools considerably more than the average American, but only 59 percent of connected caregivers find internet tools helpful in giving care. Fifty-two percent said that online tools helped them deal with the stress of being a caregiver. "If this...
By Brian Dolan January 28, 2013
Early screenshot of Basis Band's dashboard Perhaps surprisingly, a majority of American adults track their own health data, however, most aren't using digital technologies to do so. About 69 percent of US adults track at least one health indicator, according to a national survey called Tracking for Health, conducted by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. About 60 percent...
By Brian Dolan January 23, 2012
About twice as many US adults are using tablets in January than were in the months preceding the holiday season, according to a recent survey funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Research Project. In a survey of almost 3,000 people in November and December found that about 10 percent of US adults had tablets. A similar survey of...
By Brian Dolan March 2, 2011
Last April we published a list of "five must-read mobile health reports" that were free to anyone to download. The list was an instant hit and in recent weeks I have had requests from a number of people for a refreshed list. As of March 2011, there have been four free, must-read mHealth reports by my count -- and together they do a fine job of encapsulating a good portion of the mHealth...