According to Parks Associates, 15% of U.S. broadband households have used a telecare service in the past 12 months. Also, 22% of U.S. broadband households have used a self-diagnosis app, such as iTriage, WebMD, Symptomate, and Ada, in the past 12 months.
"The home has become a focal point for consumer health and wellness," said Dina Abdelrazik, senior analyst at Parks. "Parks Associates research shows consumers using more health-based IoT solutions and smart home products with health-related use cases. We are excited to hear about the business strategies emerging from these new technologies."
"We are betting that now is the right time for future leaders of healthcare to empower a more engaged and informed consumer," said Alyssa Jaffee, VP, 7wire Ventures. "As whole populations become more connected and more knowledgeable about their personal health, they will look for frictionless experiences, which in turn will lead to a stronger, more resilient healthcare system that achieves better outcomes at a lower cost."
Additional research indicates:
- 80% of consumers report a desire for help with at least one health need, with weight loss and improving sleep quality as the top two needs.
- 40% of consumers in broadband households own at least one connected health or wellness device.
- 1 in 4 respondents with a chronic condition feel on-demand remote consultations would help them better manage their conditions.