While there is rapid growth in the use of digital health tools, such as activity trackers, smartwatches and health apps – nearly half of patients say their physician is not incorporating self-collected health data in guiding their healthcare, you can read from the Healthmine report.
This is what might be stopping the adoption of digital tools that fit the telemedicine, diagnosis and disease management categories. While these are the products that will really have an impact on both the patient’s health, and the costs of the healthcare systems all over the world.
Patients are stating that they are (really) willing to share their health data generated by apps with third parties to receive better care, customized treatment, and even custom insurance plans. Sharing with the doctor is perceived as a natural thing to do – but only a third of health app users have this set up. Mostly because their doctor is not open to it. Sharing data with healthcare providers is a more hesitant step to take, and this is being done at a very small scale at this moment.