Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Survey: Few Providers Discuss Wearables, Mobile Apps With Patients - iHealthBeat

Survey: Few Providers Discuss Wearables, Mobile Apps With Patients - iHealthBeat



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).























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.

  • 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).
A  key factor in adoption will be classification of the wearable as durable medical equipment and with FDA approval...........a difficult bridge to cross.

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