Wearable technology use nearly quadruples since 2014: 5 findings

Healthcare consumers' wearable device usage has almost quadrupled in the past four years, up from 9 percent in 2014 to 33 percent today, according to a survey released by Accenture.

As part of its 2018 Consumer Survey on Digital Health report, Accenture surveyed 2,301 U.S. consumers ages 18 and older to evaluate their attitudes toward healthcare technology, modernization and service innovation.

Here are five findings from the survey.

1. Seventy-five percent of health consumers view wearables as beneficial to understanding their health condition, 73 percent view wearables as engaging with their health and 73 percent view wearables as a way to monitor a loved one's health. 

2. Nearly half (48 percent) of survey respondents said they are using mobile or tablet apps, up from 16 percent in 2014.

3. Ninety percent of consumers said they are willing to share their wearable health device data with their physician, and 88 percent said they would share this data with a nurse or other healthcare professional.

4. In 2018, more consumers (72 percent) said they are willing to share their wearables' data with their health insurance plan, up from 63 percent in 2016.

5. Health consumers are less interested in sharing wearable device data with their employer (38 percent) or a government agency (41 percent). 

Click here to download the complete report.

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