Technology tools once used mostly for fitness and well-being are increasingly being used by consumers to address specific health needs.

Rock Health’s fourth national consumer survey on digital health adoption and sentiments in 2018 included more than 4,000 U.S. adults and found that 89% of respondents used at least one digital health tool, up from 80% in 2015. Moreover, respondents reported using wearable technology – for example, the Apple Watch – to perform tasks that are health condition-related at a faster rate than fitness-related.

Rock Health Study Shows Consumers Increasingly Using Digital Tech for Health Conditions

The study looked at technologies such as live video medicine, wearables, mobile tracking, online provider reviews and online health information as key digital health tools consumers are leveraging to address concrete health needs such as managing a diagnosis, connecting with healthcare providers, or making critical healthcare decisions.

Based on trends like the ones highlighted in the Rock Health Study, KHRS developed RehabTracker, a mobile app that helps improves patient experience and outcomes, while also driving therapist job satisfaction. Since the app was unveiled in 2018, sites utilizing the app have seen improvement in FIM and discharge-to-community. The app is available to Kindred therapists, patients and invited family members and, illustrated by the strong quality metrics, is improving the recovery and transition home for patients across the country. Learn more about the RehabTracker app.

Click here for more information about the Rock Health 2018 study on digital health technology adoption.

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services