51 digital health indicators in 2013


The year is drawing to a close, and while some take the time to rehash personal highlights, we’ve taken the time to compile some mHealth highlights, mostly in numbers. While larger research firms have predicted potential growth in the space four or five years ahead, other surveys and studies today offer different conclusions about digital health – from iPad vs iPhone comparisons to estimates of the data privacy for health tracking app users.

95 million Americans used mobile for health in 2013

In 2013, 95 million Americans used cell phones as health tools or to find health information, according to Manhattan Research. This is 27% more than in 2012, when the number was 75 million. More>>

Pew: 35% of American adults are online diagnosticians

When it comes to seeking health information online, consumers have had fairly consistent behaviors over the past 12 years. A report, Online Health 2013, from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that of the 81% of American adults who use the Internet, 72% went online to seek health information during the year. elapsed. About 59% of this group of online health information seekers went online to specifically try to determine their health status or that of someone they know. Pew calls this group “online diagnostics” and includes about 35% of all American adults. More>>

Seven out of ten physicians have a self-monitoring patient

Seventy percent of physicians report that at least one patient shares some form of health measurement data with them, according to Manhattan Research’s annual “Taking the Pulse” online survey of 2,950 practicing physicians . More>>

Survey: 31% of doctors make Rx decisions from smartphones

Nearly three-quarters of doctors in the United States use smartphones at work, according to a March 2013 survey by advertising agency WPP Kantar Media. The survey of more than 3,000 physicians representing 21 specialties found that 74% said they use their smartphones for work purposes. The 2012 study found that around 68% of doctors used their smartphone at work, up from 64% in 2011. More>>

Pew: Caregivers are top users of digital health, but only 59% find online tools useful

Research from the Pew Internet and the American Life Project shows that adults who are unpaid caregivers for a parent or child use online and mobile health tools significantly more than the average American, but only 59% of Connected caregivers find internet tools helpful in delivering care. Fifty-two percent said online tools helped them deal with the stress of being a caregiver. More>>

Manhattan: 72% of doctors have tablets

Manhattan Research shared some additional numbers from its annual “Taking the Pulse” online research survey of 2,950 physicians during a webinar. Figures showed that the use of smartphones, desktops and laptops stabilized among doctors, while the adoption of tablets increased to 72%, from 62% last year. The 62% number came as a surprise to Manhattan last year, more than doubling the 30% metric from 2011. More>>

Survey: 43% of doctors use mobile phones for clinical purposes

A Deloitte survey found that 43% of physicians use smartphones or tablets for clinical purposes, which the company said included EHR access, online prescribing, and physician-to-physician communication. The study surveyed 613 physicians in the United States. More>>

IMS: half of Android health apps have less than 500 downloads

According to a study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, there are more than 43,000 healthcare apps available on the US iTunes Store, but only 16,275 of them are patient-facing apps with “authentic” content. ” about health. Additionally, in a Google Play Store analysis, IMS found that 50% of health apps are downloaded less than 500 times, and just five apps account for 15% of all health app downloads. More>>


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