A staggering 90 percent of chronic patients in the US would accept a mobile app prescription from their physician, as opposed to only 66 percent willing to accept a prescription of medication, according to a recent survey from health communications firm Digitas Health. (source)
Is this surprising to anyone?
I don’t think it should be…and here’s why:
- In general, most apps don’t cost anything while prescriptions generally do.
- I don’t know of any apps with side effects.
- It’s unlikely that your app will have a negative interaction with another app (like a drug-drug interaction). It may give you conflicting information, but that’s about it.
- You don’t have to wait to get your app. You can probably download it while you’re at the physician’s office. A prescription can take time to get either waiting in line, waiting for it to get filled, or sending it in through the mail.
- You don’t have to refill your app. You may have to update it every once in a while, but it tells you when and all you have to do is press a button.
Of course, most (all) apps won’t have the same likelihood as Rxs in improving your health. Of course, Rxs only work if people take them…which they don’t.