Other countries also struggle with these same questions, says Comite. “I think doctors around the world tend to be the same … I’m not sure they’re ready for it,” she adds, referring to the integration of wearable data into the EHR.
Still, the question of whether to integrate wearable data is one that needs a clear answer given the continued consumer adoption of these devices worldwide. In both Australia and England, for example, 55% of individuals own a wearable device, according to PwC. In Singapore, the numbers are even higher at 60%.
In the United States, physicians may find themselves faced with reviewing wearable data in the EHR sooner than they think. Value-based payment reform incentivizes providers to render high-quality care that yields positive outcomes. The 21st Century Cures Act enacted in December 2016 also promotes personalized healthcare.
Wearable data supports both of these and other initiatives to improve health and wellness, says Comite. “Wouldn’t it be great to prevent anything from ever emerging and detecting it years before someone gets physically ill or expresses symptoms? I think this is the future of medicine.”