Five Years In: The Evolution of Digital Health Since 2009

In 2009, we started Axial Exchange with the audacious goal of using software to coordinate physician hand-offs and to engage patients in self care. Along the way, we've met with hundreds of hospitals, health systems, and clinics. We've written articles and spoken at conferences. We've also observed how the strategic priorities of healthcare leaders has evolved. That said, nothing speaks louder about how the world has changed than hard data. 

The 7 Trends That Illustrate The Evolution of Digitial Health Since 2009:


1. In 2009, 12% of US hospitals had EMRs. Today, 70% of US hospitals have achieved Meaningful Use of EMRs.


2. In 2009, fewer than half of US physician practices had EMRs. Today, 8 of 10 of US physician practices have EMRs. [1]


3. In 2009, fewer than 1 of 10 Americans had consumer-driven healthplans. Today, more than 1 in 5 Americans have consumer-driven healthplans. [1]


4. In 2009, 1 of 10 Americans had smartphones. Today, 2 of 3 Americans have smartphones.


5. In 2009, fewer than 50% of physicians used smartphones at work. Today, roughly 75% of physicians use smartphones at work.


6. In 2009, virtually no ACOs existed. Today, over 600 ACOs exist.


7. In 2009, virtually no lives were covered by ACOs. Today, more than 18 million lives are covered by ACOs.


What will the next five years look like? Stay tuned. We'll cover that next.


[1] 2014 estimated based on annual growth rate.