The use of digital health technologies and social media has transformed the exchange of healthcare data, with mobile apps monitoring everything from blood sugar to medication adherence, and text-based reminders urging smokers not to give into that craving. This infographic also presents data on the role of search engines in healthcare research, how social media creates more engaged and aware patients, and how digital healthcare is affecting today's industry.
Mobile health apps are set to transform healthcare in the coming years as indicated with the growth of the use of mobile devices to access healthcare information. In September 2011, 17 percent of cell phone owners used their phone to look for health or medical information online. In September 2012, this figure grew to 31 percent.