Electronic Health Records (EHR) have become common in the US with nine out of every 10 physicians surveyed saying that they have adopted the technology. In fact, EHR adoption and usage has more than doubled from 42% in 2008 to 87% in 2016. What’s more, up to 90% of hospitals have already integrated EHR technology into their systems. American consumers have also jumped onto the digital health bandwagon. In fact, by 2018, 50% of mobile device users will have downloaded 3.4 billion health apps, industry experts forecast. Some of these apps link to wearable devices that track metrics such as steps taken, distance covered, and even heart rate. Industry analysts expect the Internet-of-things era to usher in more ways of capturing and accessing health data.
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