Many smartphone health apps don’t flag danger, says review – STAT

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NEW YORK — Don’t count on smartphone health apps in an emergency: A review shows many don’t warn when you’re in danger.

The study published Monday in the journal Health Affairs found problems even with apps considered to be among the highest-quality offerings on the market.

There’s been a proliferation of health apps for mobile phones. According to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, there are more than 165,000 health apps out there.

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“The state of health apps is even worse than we thought,” said Dr. James Madara, chief executive of the American Medical Association, who was not involved in the study.

This wasn’t a survey of step-counting fitness apps. The research…

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