Providers, insurers and consumers trying to better understand the mobile health app market have a daunting task: There are more than 165,000 mhealth apps. Apple alone has about 91,000, which is more than double what it offered two years ago.

A 63-page report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics walks industry stakeholders through the availability and use of mHealth apps from the Apple and Google stores. Almost 25 percent of the apps target chronic care management, but in totality half of apps have limited functionality, primarily providing information, according to the report. And, only 2 percent of apps can communicate with a provider information system.

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