The healthcare industry is shaping up in response to all that is changing in the IT industry. With Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, businesses around Healthcare are embracing the change and innovating solutions that can bring about a positive impact on the patients and the way they interact with the healthcare providers.
Statistics are the sure-shot way of knowing about the direction in which an industry or a sector is heading. From a comprehensive set of statistics, the complete picture of the happenings in the world becomes clearer.
We promise that these statistics will help you gain an amazing insight on where the Healthcare and Technology industries are merging and what can be expected of the outcome.
About 52 percent of smartphone users gather health-related information on their mobile phones – Health-related information essentially consists of a procedure, a diet plan, nutrition requirements, fitness-related information, or medical knowledge of pills and their side-effects.
According to the 2013-2017 Mobile Health Market report by Research2Guidance, Healthcare professionals make use of mobile devices for mHealth services as well, which is a market of about $26 billion globally.
Above 40 percent of people worldwideagree that the information they find on social media sites affects the way they handle their health issues. This increases the responsibilities of Healthcare professionals to create and share on social media the content that accurately informs consumers about all health-related topics.
There are 3.7 million Medical devices today in use that connect to and monitor various parts of a human body. This and other similar advancements are being scooped up in the term Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) technology.
There is a 97 percent WiFi adoption rate in Hospitals, which points out to the importance of the Internet in conducting various tests, storing, accessing, and managing information, etc.
31 percent of healthcare organizations and providers have specific social media guidelines on paper – This reveals the importance of social media guidelines for a healthcare provider and the necessity to make sure everyone is on the same page. The staff in a healthcare organization must be completely aware and responsible for his actions on social media.
19 percent of smartphone users have at least one health-related application installed on their mobile device. Amongst these apps, dieting, exercising, and weight loss apps are the most popular ones. This points out the fact that a healthcare provider should consider launching an application that could cover its specialty while providing value to users of mobile devices, which are almost everyone in the world.
According to a recent study by Wolters Kluwer Health, 72 percent of physicians and healthcare practitioners access drug information from smartphones. This statistic points to us the growing trend of mobility and mobilization amongst healthcare practitioners.
The top online sources of information for Physicians are Professional Journals and papers, Web browsers, Colleagues, and Online free services, in that order.
According to a GreatCall survey regarding the rising popularity of mHealth apps, 93 percent of Physicians hold the belief that mHealth applications can greatly improve patient's health.
A recent study revealed that about 54 percent of patients were very comfortable with their healthcare services providers seeking advice and suggestions from online communities to treat their patients in a better way. This fact reveals that if a community or forum that operates online has people who are reliable and credible, then many patients trust the information that comes from it.
About 41 percent of people agreed that social media would affect their choice of a doctor, a hospital, a medical facility, or medical practitioner. This proves that online reputation management is a must for people appointed in the healthcare industry as it drives patients to opt for them or to avoid choosing them as their healthcare provider.
These statistics point out to one notion in unison, that is, technology being the core of all industries today.