Over half of Brits regularly using health technology – new research
- Monitor exercise levels including running, walking, cycling, etc. (23%)
- Establish body mass index (17%)
- Monitor heart rate (17%)
- Establish daily diet/calorie intake (15%)
- Monitor sleep quality (13%)
Tracking calorie intake, measuring sleep quality, testing our vision, monitoring stress levels and moods also followed in the top 10. 71% of British adults feel positive about using health technology to better understand their bodies, their habits and how they can directly affect state of health; believing technology is helping them to be more aware of and more in control of their health – rather than too aware.
Some may be surprised to find out that women are leading the adoption of technology as health management tools too! Although than there being a lack of interest among men, the figures suggest they are simply just late adopters.
Eren Ozagir, CEO and founder at PushDoctor.co.uk, comments: “We use technology to manage nearly every aspect of our lives – from socialising, to organising our finances and heating of our homes. The adoption of health-tech by the general population remains a natural next step; with more and more people discovering how their health information can be used to guide and control and enhance their everyday lives.”
The research also shows that residents in Sheffield and Birmingham are the cities leading adoption of technology for health purposes, with 67% and 65% of the resident population doing this. Meanwhile, Glaswegians (47%) and Geordies (49%) are amongst the slowest adopters of this trend.
Ozagir continues: “Sports and fitness trackers, gave way to more advanced health-tech monitoring and interpretation tools, and now we have really applicable digital health tools like blood pressure and glucose applications. Combined usage can provide a view of individual their past and current health state, which can be used by you or your doctor to inform what you do next; what you do day to day to improve your general wellbeing or tackle a range of conditions working with a clinician to interpret and use this data to take action to ultimately improve your short, medium and long term health conditions.”