Patient engagement with digital health over-hyped? 6 survey findings

Despite claims about disruptive digital health trends and an abundance of healthcare media coverage of telehealth and virtual medicine, a new survey suggests fewer real-world health consumers are currently using these services than headlines suggest.

Here are six key takeaways from a recent Rock Health survey of more than 4,000 people and their digital health adoption habits.

• 71 percent of respondents have used online or mobile resources to search for specific health topics.
• 50 percent of respondents have used online or mobile resources to find reviews of physicians or healthcare services.
• 17 percent of respondents currently use a mobile health application to track at least one health-related factor, such as heart rate, blood pressure or weight.
• 12 percent of respondents own wearable devices to track health-related factors.
• 7 percent of respondents have used genetic-based services, such as 23andme, for family planning and personal DNA information.
• 7 percent of respondents have used video-based technology to receive advice or medical care from a healthcare professional.

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