Wellness activity According to a recent study, “Wearables are morphing from their original fitness and wellness label into a tracker that can be clinically meaningful to patients—and perhaps even providers.” (Photo: Shutterstock)

The use of digital tools for health care continued to grow in 2018, and also saw a change of direction, as people increasingly used wearable devices to manage health conditions, as opposed to tracking fitness. The report also explored consumer commitment to digital health devices and the issue of data privacy.

The findings are part of a new report by Rock Health, a digital health venture fund that has surveyed consumers about digital health since 2015. The new report said use of digital health tools grew again in 2018, after a pause in growth in 2017. The study found that 89 percent of respondents used at least one digital health tool last year.

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