NEW YORK – Americans see the real value of connected care technology in health diagnosis and treatment and are open to using these technologies if recommended by a health care professional or paid for by their insurer, according to the second annual Royal Philips Future Health Index (FHI).
Of those using connected care technologies, 87% believe wearables have helped them take better control of their health and 62% have shared their data with a health care professional. Connected care technology is important for improving diagnosis for 76%, but only 21% believe it will be the most beneficial for preventive care.
“With chronic disease accounting for the lion’s share of our nation’s health care costs, we’ve created connected care technologies that can help patients and health care professionals manage disease, but it’s time to help health systems extend beyond the hospital and support prevention,” said Brent Shafer, CEO of Philips North America, in a statement. “Data and technology are the tip of the spear for enabling that change and creating better health outcomes at a reduced cost.”
Nearly all of those participating in the study (96%) said health monitoring devices, including blood pressure monitors and medical alert systems, are the most helpful devices among health care professionals whose patients use connected care technology, while mobile health apps and wearables followed closely at 90% and 88%, respectively.
The FHI is the result of surveys and interviews with more than 33,000 health care professionals, insurers and members of the public across 19 countries and five continents.