Podcasting in Health – A look at Apple iTunes v4.9 for health podcasts

by Hans on 2005/07/13

A short while ago, I wrote a post about some of the challenges of podcasting in health care. I came across a statistic about the seeming popularity of podcasting because of Apple Computer’s iTunes software (version 4.9 supports podcasting). So, I decided to check out the iTunes music store to see what I could find.

At the time of writing (Wednesday July 13, 2005 at 1245 Eastern Standard Time), I searched for health-related podcasts. I’ve summarized my findings below.

Table 1: Searches for health/medical related podcasts on iTunes4.9

What I found interesting is that if you just view the podcasts using the iTunes categories (health – all subcategories), there are 89 podcasts listed. I just took a quick look, and it’s pretty much the same.

Maybe I’ll keep checking to see what happens in this category. I’m surprised that there aren’t any patient podcasts sharing their experiences. Based on past examples of patients using the Internet, I would have expected at least one or two patient podcasts. Maybe I’m not using the right search terms. So far, I’m still not convinced that podcasting will be that big in health settings.

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