Press release No. 078 from February 22, 2021
WIESBADEN – For many people, monitoring their own health has not just been an important issue since the corona pandemic. Devices connected to the Internet can make everyday preventive care or treatment easier. In the first quarter of 2020, 3.4 million people in Germany used such smart devices to monitor blood pressure, blood sugar, body weight or other devices in the field of health and medical prevention. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports on the basis of the data from the survey on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in private households, which was first asked in 2020, this corresponds to almost 5% of the population aged 10 and over in Germany.
Internet-connected health devices are used less by the elderly
While 4% of 10- to 24-year-olds and 6% of 25- to 54-year-olds used smart health devices, it was just under 3% for 55-year-olds and older.
Smart watches, fitness bracelets and the like are much more common
While internet-enabled health devices have so far been used rarely, smart watches, fitness bracelets and the like are much more common. The se were used by 15.5 million people in Q1 2020. This corresponds to a share of 21% of the population aged 10 and over.
EU comparison: Denmark leads the way in smart health devices
In the European Union (EU), a total of 5% of the population aged 16 to 74 used smart health devices in 2020. In Denmark the share was the highest among all EU member states at 12%, followed by Slovenia (9%) and Austria (8%). Smart watches, fitness bracelets and the like used an average of 19% of the EU population between 16 and 74 years. Here, the Czech Republic came first with 35%, followed by Finland (33%) and Estonia (31%).
In Germany, people aged 10 and over were surveyed. When comparing with other EU countries, the population aged between 16 and 74 is considered in order to ensure the same data basis.
The results presented here relate to the question of whether devices connected to the Internet for monitoring blood pressure, blood sugar, body weight (e.g. intelligent scales) or other Internet-connected devices from the field of health in the last 3 months before the survey / Medical prevention or whether smart watches, fitness bracelets, intelligent glasses and other things connected to the Internet such as headphones, safety trackers, accessories, clothing and shoes were used.
The EU average for 2020 is an estimate as results from all Member States were not yet available at the time of going to press.
- Further results of the survey on the private use of information and communication technologies (ICT) 2020 as well as methodological explanations can be found in the topic IT use
- You can find the data in an EU comparison in the Eurostat database
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