Want to know a stunning fact?
According to a new Pew Research study, 81% of Americans now own a smartphone.
That comes out to more than 260 million Americans, most of whom probably depend on that device to communicate, pay bills, connect to social media, check the weather, shop for things, listen to music, take pictures, access the internet, watch shows, follow the news, and the list goes on.
Our phones clearly play a huge role in our lives, so much so that they've almost become extensions of our own bodies, rarely leaving our pockets or hands.
Don't worry, this isn't leading to an existential question.
The point here is that the smartphone has ushered in a new era, not just because of the device itself, but due to the services on the phone. Most of the valuable services in our lives are accessed through that minicomputer.
But have you ever noticed that health care services on smartphones are seemingly absent? Why hasn't health care reached our pockets yet? If 81% of Americans use smartphones to access their most important service providers, why aren't health care services included?