Survey Casts Doubt on Utility of Wearable Devices in Healthcare

Forester Research tried to understand the benefits for medical professionals, and found that for clinicians and medical personnel, there isn’t nearly as much benefit as for patients. It did use a small sample size of just 40 physicians and patients. Part of the problem is that the devices just provide data, and physicians are less interested in data that is obtained remotely. The report offers a conclusion that it is unlikely that technology chosen by consumers instead of medical professionals probably won’t play a vital role in healthcare. These devices are made for the consumer, not for what medical professionals need to properly help their patients. 

From the accuracy of the recorded data (particularly if the patient manually enters it) to data without context, there isn’t as much for physicians to use (though it can help patients to better understand their habits and start to change to healthier habits). There are some promising devices in development that are designed specifically for medical professionals, such as gamification of physical therapy, that could provide better tools and data. The report suggests that physicians need to buy in to the idea of using wearable device data, and that data needs to have a more concise and reliable way of compiling and transmitting the data they collect to increase the potential use for wearable devices

If you would like more details about the potential problems with trying to track health over a device, read through Survey Casts Doubt on Utility of Wearable Devices in Healthcare

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