From Fitbits to health websites, medicine and technology are becoming increasingly intertwined.
Statistics show the growing use of digital health tools among consumers. According to a 2016 Accenture report, the use of mobile health apps doubled from 16% in 2014 to 33% in 2016. The use of health wearables like the Fitbit is at 21%, up from 9% in 2014.
What does this mean for the future of health care? Experts say digital health tools allow patients to become more involved in and engaged with their treatment, which can help facilitate a closer doctor-patient relationship and drive better outcomes.
– Erika D. Peterman, Managing Editor, Florida Medical Association