71% of people would use health trackers they were clinically accurate, according to survey
A new survey from the folks at The Society for Participatory Medicine and health technology company Biotricity has revealed that, apparently, 71% of adults wold use a health tracking device if they knew it was clinically accurate. The research asked 1,011 US adults about their views and also found that 77% of respondents said that data collected from health tracking devices should be available to clinicians as well as patients.
Daniel Z. Sands, co-founder and co-chair of the Society of Participatory Medicine, said: “Increasingly, patients are actively monitoring their own health data to better self-manage their chronic diseases and collaborate with their healthcare professionals. Self-monitoring is a vital component of an efficient and high-functioning healthcare system. 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.”
Interestingly, 87% said they think it’s important to monitor their own health metrics, like blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and glucose. The survey also found that 84% of respondents said they prefer to track their own medical health data and that tracking this data would help them better manage their overall health.