Company news: GlaxoSmithKline, Royal Philips
Consumers aren't just looking up medical information online, but now consider online information and home diagnostic tools an essential part of their healthcare regimen, according to a study by Royal Philips Electronics, which makes personal care and appliances, among other items. The manufacturer said that 11% of the polled consumers said web-based information has helped them stay alive and/or helped them avoid being incapacitated. The study also found that 25% of the 1,003 adults use symptom checkers or home diagnostics as often as they visit their doctor, and that more than one-third of the respondents “believe technology that allows one to monitor his/her own health is now the key to living a long life.” The findings could also shed some additional light on the proliferation of disease-state apps. MobiHealth News, for example, found that there are over 1,000 apps for diabetes and 250 Android apps centered on living with respiratory diseases.