Consumer-Driven Health Plan Members More Likely To Use Health Apps

Jonah Comstock | Mobi Health News | January 2, 2013

A new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) suggests that not only are people who are enrolled in consumer-driven health plans more cost conscious, but they’re also more engaged with mobile health and digital health tools. EBRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that seeks to provide objective data about different employee benefit options. In December, the group conducted an online survey of 4,498 privately insured adults.

The survey found that about 10 percent of the population (about 11.6 million adults) is enrolled in a consumer driven health plan (CDHP), defined as an account-based health plan with either a health savings account or a health reimbursement arrangement. This is up from 7 percent in 2011 and 5 percent in 2010, so enrollment in these types of plans is on the rise, albeit slowly...