A couple of new reports from across the pond illustrate the ways doctors and patients are thinking about digital health in England, as well as in France and Germany. A new report from PushDoctor, a UK telemedicine company, shows that 58 percent of the 1,013 UK citizens surveyed have used some kind of health or wellness technology. And a report from healthcare marketing group Ipsos Health shows that 72 percent of the 131 primary care doctors interviewed in the UK, Germany, and France have already used or recommended at least one form of digital health technology with their patients.
According to the PushDoctor report, 22.8 percent of patients use a smartphone, tablet, or computer to monitor exercise levels, 17 percent use such a device to establish BMI, 16.9 percent measure heart rate, 15.2 percent establish daily diet and calorie intake, 12.9 percent monitor sleep quality, and 5.1 percent share symptoms on social media to solicit friends’ opinions.
When it comes to using technology to interact with doctors, though, the numbers drop off: 6.3 percent have shared biometric data with a doctor online, 5.1 percent have had a video consult with a doctor, 4.4 percent have had an email conversation with a doctor, and 4.0 percent have chatted online with a doctor.
Overall, patients have positive feelings about connected health tools, although they see them as more educational than interventional: 22.5 say online tools make them feel more in control of their wellbeing while 84.4 percent say they make them more aware of their wellbeing. Meanwhile, 16.3 percent fear connected health makes them too aware of their wellbeing and 12.8 percent say it makes them more worried.
According to the Ipsos Healthcare report, doctors are a little less enthusiastic than patients: most of them were unsure or ambivalent about many of the survey questions. Most did agree that health and lifestyle apps are here to stay– just 20 percent think these apps are just a fad. Keep reading>>