The increasing dependence of the general public on mobile-based health applications to assess or manage their well-being is causing concern among doctors.

Several doctors have cautioned that such technology is unreliable and could provide wrong or misleading estimates and guidance. For instance, based on certain set parameters, these apps could generate a diet without taking into consideration various other factors, such as the individual’s personal body metabolism, and this could lead to serious complications.

They point out that even a simple procedure such as measuring a person’s blood pressure through such mobile apps yields different results when compared to the more reliable manual measurement process.

Experts estimate that there are around 50,000 medical applications in the market, being used by around 500 million people world-wide. The numbers are set to grow.

Source: http://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com


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