Digital Health Has Emerged as a Transformative Field That Leverages Technology

Anurag Sharma
Anurag Sharma

Updated · Oct 11, 2023

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According to Digital Health Statistics, Digital health is a rapidly growing field that encompasses the use of digital technologies, such as mobile apps, wearables, telemedicine, and electronic health records, to improve healthcare delivery, enhance patient outcomes, and empower individuals to take control of their health. Digital health statistics provide valuable insights into the adoption, usage, and impact of these technologies in various aspects of healthcare.

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  • The global Digital Health Market size is expected to be worth around USD 1,190.4 Billion by 2032 from USD 264.1 Billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 16.7% during the forecast period from 2023 to 2032.
  • The US showed a 154% increase in telehealth usage in the first quarter of the year 2020.
  • 76% of people over the age of 55 have used telemedicine.
  • In the 2022 Survey, 80% of all respondents reported having accessed care via telemedicine at some point in their lives, up 8pp from 72% in 2021.
  • 23.4 million U.S. patients will utilize remote patient monitoring services and tools in 2022.
  • By 2024, remote patient monitoring services and tools are expected to reach 30 million U.S. patients.
  • 80% of Americans favor remote patient monitoring and more than one-half are strongly supportive of incorporating it into medical care services.
  • Approximately 30% (1266 out of 4551) of the adult population utilize wearable healthcare devices.
  • The most likely groups to report using wearable healthcare devices were women 16.25%.

Adoption and Usage of mHealth Apps

mHealth apps are application that is designed for mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, that helps in providing healthcare-related services and information. These apps are aimed to provide individuals with health and wellness information. Below are some common features of mHealth apps.

  • The global mHealth market accounted for revenue of USD 50.8 billion in 2022.
  • The market is expected to grow at a revenue of USD 150.7 Bn in 2032.
  • The market is growing at a CAGR (2022-2032) of 11.8%.
  • The market is expected to reach a revenue of USD 56.8 billion at the end of the year 2023.
  • Up to February 2022, more than 3,50,000 apps were available on different lay store platforms and they are, mostly used by older adults aged from 50-80 years.
  • 3 in 10 adults reported that they are using at least one health app on their smartphone.
  • 16% of adults said that they used health apps at least once in the past.
  • 56% of adults reported that they haven’t used mHealth apps. (Source: vicert
  • During the last period, there were 54,546 healthcare and medical apps available on the Google Play Store, a small decrease as compared to the previous quarter.
  • Between the beginning of 2020 and the end of 2021, the number of health apps available to Android users via Google Play Store reached more than 65,300 thousand during the last quarter of 2021. 
  • 34% of older adults are dependent on this technology to achieve their health goals and exercise activities.
  • 22% of users downloaded health apps to get insights about nutrition.
  • Due to the rising prevalence of obesity, 20% of users downloaded health apps to track their weight loss activities.
  • 17% of users are dependent on health apps to track their sleep.
  • 9% of users download health apps for meditation.
  • 5% of people use health apps for the management of chronic mental illness or stress.

Telemedicine Market Growth and Adoption Trends

Telemedicine is a healthcare service that uses telecommunication technology to provide clinical care to patients remotely. This telemedicine service uses video conferencing, mobile apps, messaging platforms, and other communication technologies that allow doctors and other healthcare professionals to provide medical diagnoses.

  • The global telemedicine market size is expected to be worth around USD 590.9 Bn by 2032 from USD 63.5 Bn in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 25.7% during the forecast period from 2022 to 2032.
  • Telemedicine use also increased among women, with 82% of women respondents reporting having used telemedicine.
  • 82% of Hispanic respondents reported telemedicine use.
  • 61% of respondents reported preferring telemedicine and minor illness care 51% of respondents reported preferring telemedicine.
  • Asia Pacific region showed a 52% increase in telehealth access to primary physicians/general patient services from 4% to 56%.

Remote Patient Monitoring: Adoption and Usage Statistics

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) refers to the use of technology to collect health data from individuals outside traditional healthcare settings and transmit this data back to healthcare providers for analysis and monitoring.

  • By 2024, remote patient monitoring market services and tools are expected to reach 30 million U.S. patients.
  • 80% of Americans favor remote patient monitoring and more than one-half are strongly supportive of incorporating it into medical care services.
  • 88% of patients surveyed reported having access to remote healthcare in the past year.
  • 9 out of 10 healthcare providers polled had indicated they already invested in remote patient monitoring technologies.
  • Physicians’ perceptions that digital health tools benefit patient care increased from 85% in 2016 to 93% by 2022 – and this increase can be observed regardless of physician age or specialty.
  • 70% of medical professionals rated telemedicine in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Asia Pacific region showed a 52% increase in telehealth access to primary physicians/general patient services from 4% to 56%.
  • According to research conducted by Insider Intelligence, over 23 million patients were already using remote patient monitoring tools and services by 2020; with this number expected to surpass 30 million people by 2024.
  • Virtual visits conducted by physicians rose from 14% in 2016 to 80% by 2022, and remote monitoring devices more than doubled from 12% in 2016 to 30% by 2022.
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center achieved patient satisfaction scores exceeding 90% by equipping its patients with remote patient monitoring equipment and tablets.

Adoption and Usage of IoMT Technologies

  • Patients are adopting IoMT technologies, with about 64% of patients using at least one IoMT device in their daily lives.
  • Connected medical devices accounted for the largest market share within IoMT, with a market share of USD 63.7 billion by 2026.
  • IoMT-enabled remote patient monitoring can reduce hospital readmission by 50%.
  • IoMT solutions have the potential to save the healthcare industry USD 300 billion annually in remote patient monitoring of chronic management.
  • In 2022, the global Internet of Medical Things market was valued at US$ 48.7 billion and is expected to grow to US$ 370.9 billion. Between 2023 and 2032, this market is estimated to register a CAGR of 23.15%.
  • North America is estimated to be the dominator in the global Internet of Things market, with the largest market share of 35.8% and revenue of USD 17.43 billion.
  • 30% of American adults use wearable technology for healthcare as of 2020.
  • According to Deloitte Insights, the global market of wearable devices for the medical sector is booming. Compared to 275 million units in 2021, it is projected to reach nearly 440 million units in 2024.
  • 59% of healthcare providers reported that they have already implemented IoMT solutions in their organizations.
  • About 83% of organizations adopted IoMT solutions.
  • About 85% of healthcare providers use IoMT devices to support patient engagement and monitoring.
Anurag Sharma

Anurag Sharma

He has been helping in business of varied scales, with key strategic decisions. He is a specialist in healthcare, medical devices, and life-science, and has accurately predicted the trends in the market. Anurag is a fervent traveller, and is passionate in exploring untouched places and locations. In his free time, he loves to introspect and plan ahead.