Sarwar and Soomro identified the fields of business, education, healthcare, human psychology, and social life as some of the greatest beneficiaries of the Smartphone ‘craze”. However, the workplace, homes, schools, and healthcare providers are the chief users of mobile phones. This study takes a closer look at the phenomenon impact that Smartphones have had in the workplace, healthcare, socialization, and entertainment.
Healthcare has greatly benefited from the introduction of Smartphones. Through the use of Smartphones, the face of healthcare has immensely changed not only in the actual provision but the participation as well (Sarasohn-Kahn 8). Information access has been the main hallmark of the internet. According to Sarwar and Soomro (220), 275 of Smartphone owners use it for online information search with 10 million of the Smartphone users in the U.S using the device to seek health facilities and information. The health information sought by the Smartphone users includes healthcare facilities, symptoms of diseases, and prescriptions. This proves that the Smartphones have significantly contributed to the emancipation of the American public of different aspects of their health. Smartphones have, therefore, helped work towards a healthier nation. With the ObamaCare going online, the Smartphone users who seek health services using their devices is yet to grow.
According to Sarasohn-Kahn (7), in February 2010, the Apple Store had about 4000 applications that were intended for patient users. Application provider, Gartner, said that health applications were within the top ten applications in 2012. This trend is a testimony of the increasing acceptance of the Smartphones as an integrated healthcare platform.