21 things you should know about the consumerization of healthcare

  1. The mobile health technology industry is expected to reach a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 61% by 2017 Research and Markets
  2. By 2017, 50% of mobile users are expected to download a health app. Research and Markets 
  3. Remote patient monitoring is expected to save the world’s healthcare systems up to $36 billion. Jupiter Research 
  4. Health insurance premiums are projected to rise 6.3% for US companies and their employees. Society for Human Resource Management
  5. Employees’ share of healthcare costs, including both premiums and out-of-pocket costs, have increased more than 50% over the last five years. Society for Human Resource Management
  6. 40% of Americans care for an adult or child with significant health issues. PewResearchCenter 
  7. 37% of caregivers have used mobile devices to gather health information. PewResearchCenter
  8. 72% of caregivers track their own weight, diet, exercise, blood pressure, sleep, headaches, or some other health indicator. PewResearchCenter
  9. More Americans have smartphones in 2013 than had home internet in 2003 US Census and PewResearchCenter
  10. More than one-third of respondents who are online said they were "very" or "extremely" interested in using smartphones or tablets to ask their doctors questions, make appointments or get medical test results. Similar numbers of respondents were eager to use mobile phones and tablets for actual health-care services -- such as monitoring blood pressure or blood sugar, or even getting a diagnosis. Harris Interactive / HealthDay
  11. One-quarter of people aged 65 and older were very interested in using the devices to help manage their blood pressure, for instance -- compared to 38 percent of younger people. Harris Interactive / HealthDay
  12. 80% of physicians are using mobile technology to provide patient care. 2nd Annual HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey
  13. More than 25% of commercially-insured patients use mobile apps to manage their health. Employee Benefit Research Institute
  14. 30 million wearable health devices were shipped in 2012, a 37% increase over 2011. ABI Research
  15. 75 million US adults used their mobile devices to access health information in 2012, up from 61 million in 2011.  Manhattan Research
  16. 29% of US adults own a tablet or an eReader, up from 2% in 2009. PewResearchCenter
  17. Over half of tablet users over the age of 55 use tablets for health purposes.  Manhattan Research
  18. 13% of 2012 global internet traffic came from mobile devices, up from 1% in 2009. StatCounter Global Stats
  19. 1 out of 6 of seniors in the lowest income category have smartphones. The figure is close to 4 out of 10 for seniors making more than $100K per year. The Nielsen Company
  20. 64% of mobile phone time is spent on apps. The Nielsen Company
  21. 13% of health systems plan to offer their patients an app this year. 2nd Annual HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey