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90% of Americans use digital health tools, survey shows

Author:  Aug. 29, 2018

Dive Brief:
Consumers continue to embrace digital health tools, with 90% of respondents in a new Rock Health survey using at least one last year, up from 80% in 2016.
photo of person with a smart watch, smart phone and health apps for article, 90% of Americans use digital health tools, survey showsThe greatest adoption is occurring around online health information (79% vs. 72%) and online provider reviews (58% vs. 51%). A slower uptick was seen in mobile tracking (24% vs. 22%), while wearables held steady at 24% and live video televisits slipped three percentage points to 19%.
But while 77% of people prefer in-person doctor visits to telehealth, most who used video visits were satisfied with the experience. Among those who paid for their virtual encounter, 91% said they were satisfied. That number dropped to 62% when someone else paid.

Dive Insight:
Likewise, while not everyone is jumping at the idea of wearables, those who use them report progress meeting personal health goals. The chief reasons people use wearables are to track physical activity, lose weight, improve sleep and manage stress.

The tools for doing so are proliferating, with mobile operating systems and various apps offering to track the information. Fitibit has been upping the ante, and recently launched a product line update that includes detection of blood oxygen levels, goal-based exercise modes and a sleep tracking beta.


5 Digital Health Trends You’ll See In 2015


Digital Health Trends for 2015 illustration2014 has been a huge year for health tech. According to digital health incubator StartUp Health, digital health funding in the first three quarters of 2014 has already surpassed $5 billion, close to double what was invested in all of 2013 ($2.8 billion).

“Digital health funding for the year is on track to double last year’s total,” said Unity Stoakes, co-founder and president of StartUp Health. “Some trends we’re watching include a growing corporate interest in digital health, more global cross-pollination of ideas, as well as increasing health consumerism as people move into the driver’s seat when it comes to their care.”

With this kind of capital pouring into the market, the health tech space should be exciting to watch in the coming years, but here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming in 2015.

1. Wearables for the ear

Tired of clip-on trackers and bracelets? Your next wearable device just might be hooked around your ear.

“Due to the proximity to the temporal artery,

devices worn on the ear can conduct completely unobtrusive, passive monitoring

devices worn on the ear can conduct completely unobtrusive, passive monitoring and offer far more precise measurements,” says Dr. Vahram Mouradian, founder and CTO of Sensogram Technologies. “Moreover, they can deliver a wealth of wellness information, including real time blood pressure, respiration rate and oxygen saturation, in addition to the typical readings of heart rate or steps taken.”

We’ve already seen a few of companies introduce ear buds with basic health monitoring, such as IriverOn and FreeWavz. Watch for increasing sophistication in ear-based devices over the coming year.

For example, Sensogram’s SensoTRACK — slated for general availability in March 2015 — is an elegantly designed device that fits snugly on your ear, where it measures heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and respiration rate. It also counts steps and calories burned, while sensing your speed, activity level, geolocation, altitude, body posture and pace.


Why 2015 Could Be the Year Silicon Valley fully Wakes Up to “Digital Health”


It’s said that the most investable ideas are those with a large market and where incumbents are inefficient or fail to deliver great customer experiences. Sound anything like the US healthcare market? Some of the most prominent VCs are starting to think so.collage of digital health gadgets

Speaking at a Le Web conference in early December, Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson said that if he could invest in only one sector for the next five years it would be healthcare. He explains: 

We all need it, and people will pay for it. When you’re sick, you want to get well. It’s not an expenditure that you can think about making, it’s one that you have to make. 

This marks a major turnaround from a few years ago when Wilson wrote:

 When we look at healthcare, what’s wrong with it, and what needs to happen to fix it, we can’t see as clearly how the web, technology, and large networks of engaged users can impact healthcare in a positive way. 

Google Ventures already made a major shift in that direction, directing more than one-third of its capital into health and life sciences in 2014, up from just 9 percent in each of the last two years – a strategy it plans to continue. A year ago Andreessen Horowitz* added its eighth and most recent partner, Balaji S. Srinivasan, a relatively unknown healthcare data expert from academia. And Benchmark’s Bill Gurley spent much of the year publicly professing his interest in the category, and looking to get smart on the opportunity.

Across the Valley, prominent investors are putting their money where their collective mouths are in this sector. For example Social + Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiyah once told an audience at Fenwick & West’s Digital Health Investor Summit: