Survey Finds Consumers’ Use of Health Apps and Wearables Has Doubled In the Past Two Years

The Use of Mobile Health Apps Has Jumped to 33% and The Use of Health Wearables Has Increased to 21% Since 2014
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Dr. Kaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D., Who Leads the Organization’s Health Practice

(Las Vegas, NV, Thursday, March 3, 2016) – According to a new Accenture survey released in Las Vegas today at HIMSS -- the world’s largest healthcare IT conference -- the number of U.S. consumers who use mobile apps and wearables for tracking their health has doubled in the past two years.

Consumers’ use of mobile health apps has jumped from 16 to 33 percent since 2014 -- and the number of consumers who use health wearables increased from nine to 21 percent during the same time.

Dr. Kaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D., who leads the organization’s health practice, comments on the results of the survey.

SOUNDBITE #1:

DIGITAL TOOLS ARE EMPOWERING PATIENTS TO TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR PERSONAL HEALTH ON THEIR OWN TERMS. WHEN CONSUMERS IN OUR SURVEY WERE ASKED BY A DOCTOR TO USE WEARABLES TO TRACK THEIR HEALTH, THREE-QUARTERS FOLLOWED THEIR PHYSICIAN’S RECOMMENDATION. WE ALSO FOUND THAT SEVENTY SEVEN PERCENT OF CONSUMERS AND EIGHTY FIVE PERCENT OF DOCTORS SAY THAT USING WEARABLES HELPS A PATIENT ENGAGE IN THEIR HEALTH. THEY BECOME THEIR OWN PERSONAL HEALTH ACTIVIST.

SOUNDBITE #2:

WITH MORE AND MORE GADGETS THAT COLLECT HEALTH DATA, A NEW AND INDIVIDUALIZED HEALTH EXPERIENCE IS BEING BORN.  HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS WILL NEED TO WEAVE DIGITAL CAPABILITIES INTO THE CORE OF EVERYTHING THEY DO. FOUR IN TEN CONSUMERS WHO USE HEALTH APPS HAVE DISCUSSED OR SHARED MOBILE APP DATA WITH THEIR DOCTOR IN THE PAST YEAR. NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF CONSUMERS IN THE SURVEY SAID THEY PREFER VIRTUAL DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS TO FACE-TO-FACE DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS. 

For more information visit, http://www.accenture.com/health.

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