The digital patient has arrived! Thanks to innovative mobile technology and the prevalence of broadband networks, patients are investing in their own healthcare more than ever before.
From searching for a physician online to tracking fitness activities via wearable technology to accessing their personal health records through a portal — patients are embracing mHealth and technologies that will help improve their well-being. In fact, the number of adults using smartphones to monitor their health grew to 75 million in 2012 — a number expected to more than triple by the end of this year!
However, as more and more patients get active through mHealth technology, security should remain top of mind for providers. According to EHR Intelligence, security was the #1 concern among individuals surveyed on the floor at HIMSS14, so ensuring the connection, transmission and protection of patient data is imperative.
Check out the infographic to learn all about the rise of the digital patient!