Mobile Health Apps for Disease Management

Patients Turn to Smartphones for Condition-Specific Help

Executive Summary

The healthcare industry is in the midst of a digital health revolution where innovative solutions are being used to improve health, increase access to care, and lower costs. Mobile health (mHealth) apps that can help manage diseases and track key data in between physician visits are rising in popularity. Still, app developers will need to enhance their products’ value in order for consumers and healthcare partners to fully invest.


  1. How big is the market for condition-specific mHealth apps and what’s driving growth?
  2. Should US healthcare payers and providers consider investing in mHealth apps for their members and patients?
  3. How are consumers using mobile apps to manage their health, and what can developers do to increase the value of their products to partners and end users?

WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? We look at the market for condition-specific mHealth apps and examine what trends have been driving recent growth. We also analyze these tools’ potential to improve health, increase access to care, and reduce costs.

KEY STAT: Smartphones have become a go-to device for health management during the pandemic, particularly for disease-stricken patients. Fifty-nine percent of chronic health patients who own a smartphone said they use it regularly to manage their health and wellness—the highest percentage among multipurpose devices.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Executive Summary
    2. Key Points 
    3. Mobile Health Apps Flood the Market
    4. Sizing Up the Market
    1. How Are Consumers Using Mobile Health Apps?
    2. How Mobile Health Apps Can Reach Their Potential
    3. Insider Intelligence Interviews
    4. Read Next
    1. Sources
    2. Media Gallery

    Interviewed for This Report

    Judith Law
    Anxiety Canada
    Interviewed November 2, 2021
    Matt Logan
    Roche Diabetes Care
    Vice President, Marketing
    Interviewed November 15, 2021
    Martha Neary
    One Mind PsyberGuide
    Program Director
    Interviewed November 1, 2021

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    Rajiv Leventhal


    Jeane Han
    Senior Researcher
    Lisa Phillips
    Principal Analyst, Digital Health