Survey: 76 percent of U.S. adults would use health tracker if clinically accurate, easy to use
- The Society for Participatory Medicine and biotricity, a health technology company, conducted a survey in December 2015, which found out of the 1,011 U.S. adults that were surveyed, 76% would use a health tracking device if it was clinically accurate and user friendly. Seventy-seven percent said the data should be available to both clinicians and consumers.
- Additional survey findings include 87% think it's important to monitor their own biometrics, and 84% prefer to track their own medical health data to better manage their health.
- According to biotricity, 57% of the surveyed adults would share their data with a clinician, whereas 13% said it would only be for personal use, and 5% said only for professional use.
“Increasingly, patients are actively monitoring their own health data to better self-manage their chronic diseases and collaborate with their healthcare professionals," Daniel Z. Sands, co-chair and co-founder of the Society of Participatory Medicine, said in a prepared statement.
"Self-monitoring is a vital component of an efficient and high-functioning healthcare system," Sands said. "This survey shows that this concept resonates with the public and that most respondents are willing to utilize technology to gather this data to improve their health.”
This is well-reflected in the booming fitness tracker sector, which is estimated to triple from $2 billion in 2014 to $5.4 billion by 2019, according to Parks Associates, a market research and consulting firm specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services.
Its research data also found adoption of connected health devices jumped from 24% of U.S. households in early 2013 to 30% by the end of 2014.