Use of digital health tools by type in US adults 2015-2019

In 2019, 76 percent of surveyed American adults stated they research for health information online - a decline of four percent compared to the previous year. The statistic illustrates the adoption rate of selected digital health tools among U.S. adults from 2015 to 2019.

Adoption rate of selected digital health tools among U.S. adults from 2015 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Number of respondents

around 4,000

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

1] Survey question: When, if ever, have you received medical care or advice from a healthcare professional (e.g., doctor, nurse, therapist) through the following means: Live video call on a mobile phone, tablet, or computer (not YouTube or other educational/information web videos)?

Responses: In the last 12 months, More than 12 months ago [2] Survey question: Do you own a wearable device or smart watch (note: this excludes smartphones) that helps you track your health? This could include number of steps/exercise, sleep, heart rate, or blood pressure. Response: Yes

[3] Survey question: How do you currently record the following: Weight, Heart rate, Blood pressure, Medications, Physical activity (steps, exercise, etc.), Food/diet, Sleep, Blood sugar, Other? Responses: With a wearable, Connective device (e.g. smart scale, glucometer) or in an app that doesn’t connect to a wearable, In a digital journal or log

[4] Survey question: Have you used a mobile app or website to find any of the following? Responses: A specific physician or nurse practitioner, An in-home caregiver including private duty nurses, A hospital or clinic, A pharmacy, A nursing home or long-term care facility, A physical therapist, A psychologist, therapist or counselor, An integrative and or lifestyle medicine practitioner.

[5] Survey question: When, if ever, have you searched for any of the following using a website or mobile app: Information about prescription drugs and/or side effects, Information about vitamins or supplements, A diagnosis based on your symptoms, Treatment options based on your diagnosis?

Responses: In the last 12 months, More than 12 months ago

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