Survey: 71 percent of adults would use a health tracking device if it was clinically accurate

By Aditi Pai
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Some 71 percent of US adults said they would use a health tracking device if it was clinically accurate, according to a survey of 1,011 US adults between December 10 and 13th last year. 

The survey was commissioned by The Society for Participatory Medicine and health technology company Biotricity. It was fielded by ORC International. About 509 respondents were from a landline sample and 502 from a cell phone sample.

“Increasingly, patients are actively monitoring their own health data to better self-manage their chronic diseases and collaborate with their healthcare professionals,” Daniel Z. Sands, co-founder and co-chair of the Society of Participatory Medicine, said in a statement. “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.

Seventy seven percent of respondents said that data collected from health tracking devices should be available to clinicians as well as patients. And 87 percent said they think it’s important to monitor their own health metrics, like blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, and glucose. About 84 percent 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.

The survey also found that 75 percent of adults said they would wear a tracking device to manage their health. Within this group, 57 percent said they would use the device for personal monitoring as well as to share it with a healthcare professional, 13 percent said it would be for personal use only, and 5 percent said it would be for professional use only.