Patients embracing mHealth but unlikely to share
Patients are increasingly using mHealth technologies to track their daily health activities. However, they are still skeptical to share their data with their doctors – unless they are asked to.
A new mobile health survey from Mobiquity found that while 70 percent of consumers use mHealth tools, only 40 percent have shared the data from these tools with their doctors. Privacy concerns and questions about data relevance are patient’s prime concerns.
Sixty percent of patients surveyed have not shared their data with their doctor and of that percentage, 73 percent never even thought to inform their doctor on their mHealth use. Eleven percent believe their doctor won’t be interested in their findings.
The majority of mHealth usage comes from patients managing fitness and dietary goals. Only five percent of those surveyed use this technology to manage their medications and only two percent contact their professionals. One of the biggest takeaways from the survey is that a third of participants would be more likely to engage if mHealth was encouraged by their doctor.
Are you participating in mHealth? What motivates you?
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