Did you know that by next year over 30% of the world’s population will own a smartphone? Remarkably, that number jumped from just 9.6% in 2011. Here in the U.S. smartphone ownership sits at 64%. Because of these mobile devices, people have more access to each other and the world’s information than ever before.
More people are living with chronic illness than ever before, too. Consider these facts: in 2002 chronic diseases accounted for 43% of the global disease burden. This number is expected to rise to 60% by 2020. As of 2012, about half of all American adults—117 million people—had at least one chronic illness, and one out of every four adults had two or more chronic health conditions.