These Statistics on Use of Mobile Devices in Healthcare Prove it’s the Future

Modern medicine is constantly evolving, and a notable change in recent years is the rise of mobile devices in healthcare. Considering the ubiquity of the internet and the constant presence of these devices, there’s no wonder why people use their smartphones to manage their personal health. Endless information about the human body and how to keep it healthy is just a few taps away at any given time, and a vast library of health-related apps can help users create plans, execute and track progress.   

The advanced use of mobile devices in healthcare demonstrates that it is indeed the future of personal wellness. Here’s why. 

Mobile Health Apps Are Easily to Access

With 85% of adults owning a smartphone, the number of people who can access mobile health apps has never been higher. iPhones and Androids alike come standard with direct access to the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively, where users can download any number of the 318,000 mobile health apps on the market. Many of the apps are free or require a small one-time or monthly fee, removing the barrier to entry for most smartphone owners. And they’ve responded in droves—more than 60% of smartphone users have downloaded a mobile health app. Most (85%) of those apps are wellness-focused, but the remainder are medical. 

Smartphones Facilitate Healthcare Activities

There is plenty of discourse about whether smartphones are helpful or harmful to society, but one thing is certain: They’re an effective tool for facilitating personal healthcare. A recent study found 62% of smartphone owners have used their devices for seeking health information. Therefore, mobile health is a more common smartphone activity than online banking (57%), job searching (42%) or accessing content for school or work (30%). 

The use of mobile devices in healthcare is also extremely widespread with 90% of physicians using their smartphones at work. Various apps help them manage schedules and appointments, patients’ medical records, team communication and more—so they can spend less time on administrative tasks and more time with patients. All of this is slowly being recognized by the largest US hospitals, and now two-thirds offer mobile health apps to encourage patient engagement. 

Patients Prefer Using Mobile Devices

People already use their mobile devices for a wide range of activities, so it makes sense that they prefer to manage their personal health with their smartphones. Per research from Xerox, 43% of Millennials prefer to access their healthcare providers’ patient portals on a mobile device, rather than on a desktop or laptop computer. This demographic group is leading the charge in mobile health adoption, which is offered by 90% of providers but only used by 15% of their patients.  

Patients also prefer the use of mobile devices in healthcare because they sync with popular consumer technology. The Boston Technology Corporation found 74% of patients manage their conditions with wearable devices (like Fitbits and Apple Watches) and other mobile health tools. 

There Is Value in Mobile Health

Here’s another reason using mobile devices in healthcare is the future: It’s mutually beneficial for patients and their providers. Surveys show 85% of health insurance companies see value in mobile health, speaking to patients’ willingness to share their health data in exchange for a lower rate, personalized recommendations or to contribute to health research. For hospitals, the opportunity lies with cost reduction. Mobile health apps can assist patients with sticking to their medication and treatment plans, which overall lower the rate of readmission and length of stay, according to 60% of respondents in a Research2Guidance survey. 

More Statistics on Mobile Devices in Healthcare

The use of mobile devices in healthcare is on the rise. Take a look at these telling statistics for further proof:

  • 90% of clinicians and 80% of doctors use smartphones every day
  • 71% of patients would like their physicians to be able to access their mobile health data
  • The estimated global mobile health market is $189 billion by 2025
  • 40% of physicians say telehealth would reduce in-office visits
  • 54% of patients would be “likely” or “somewhat likely” to use an FDA app
  • 93% of doctors agree mobile health apps are useful for connecting to emergency services
  • Mobile device usage comprises the majority of clinicians’ time between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • 20% of search queries on major search engines are health related
  • 93% of physicians say mobile health apps can improve patients’ overall health

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