According to a findings of a small consumer survey conducted by HIMSS and sponsored by Qualcomm Life, a majority of consumers are familiar with the term remote monitoring device, only a quarter of those surveyed reported using one before, and only 16 percent had heard about such devices from their healthcare provider. The survey’s results were fairly consistent with past surveys — few of the consumers surveyed had ever used mobile apps to manage their health or remotely monitor a health condition.
The consumer side of the survey included telephone surveys with 125 American adults in January 2012. About 62 percent of those surveyed said they were familiar with the term remote monitoring device, often (44 percent) because a friend of family member used or had used such a device. About 22 percent said they had used such a device themselves in the past. Interestingly, only 16 percent of respondents said that healthcare providers had told them about such devices. Only 8 percent of those surveyed said they currently used such devices as part of a fitness program — and that group had a median age of 28 years old. About 5 percent said they were using such a device provided by a physicians.
Those surveyed seemed to be more likely to use remote monitoring devices if their physicians provided them. Also, about 25 percent of those surveyed said they would “absolutely” use this kind of device in the future. Those under 35 years old were much more likely to feel this way than between 35 and 60 or 60 and older.
Perhaps not surprisingly, about 50 percent of those surveyed reported concerns about the privacy and security of their personal health data. About 25 percent worried they would not be able to remember to track their data. Connectivity issues were among the least of the concerns of those surveyed.
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