Survey: Few Providers Discuss Wearables, Mobile Apps With Patients

June 23, 2015 in News

Few health care providers are discussing wearable devices or mobile health applications with their patients, even though they believe the technology could be beneficial, according a MedPanel market survey of 415 providers, Health IT Analytics reports (Bresnick, Health IT Analytics, 6/22).

Survey Findings

Researchers found that just 15% of providers report discussing wearable devices and mobile health apps with patients. However, providers participating in accountable care organizations were more than twice as likely to discuss such technology with their patients.

In addition, the survey found that providers believe some patients who are not using wearable devices or mobile health apps could benefit from the technology, Health Data Management reports (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 6/22). Specifically, provider respondents said:

  • 38% of patients who are not using a wearable device could benefit from such technology; and
  • 42% of patients who are not using a mobile health app could benefit from such technology (Health IT Analytics, 6/22).

Further, the factors that providers listed as most important to mobile health were:

  • Clinical utility of the data the devices produce; and
  • Ease of use.

The researchers also found that providers are only somewhat satisfied with the products currently on the market.

MedPanel suggested that the responsibility to boost mobile health use falls on vendors, who can improve their products to make them more appealing to providers (Health Data Management, 6/22).

For instance, a product that could integrate mobile health data directly with an electronic health record system in a way that supports productive workflow could boost mobile health recommendations among providers, according to the study.

In addition, such a product could help providers identify trends that patients might forget to report or that might not appear in clinical observation (Health IT Analytics, 6/22).

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