Earlier this month a small MedPanel survey of 415 physicians practicing in the US reportedly found that a very small percentage of them — just 15 percent — were discussing health apps or wearables with their patients. After reviewing the raw survey results, however, it’s clear the company’s press release misstated its survey’s findings. (The company has since corrected and updated it).
One section of the small survey actually found that 71 percent of the physicians it surveyed had discussed health apps and wearables with at least one percent of their patients in the previous six months. Elsewhere in the survey it is indicated that as many as 83 percent of the physicians surveyed have had these conversations with patients. MedPanel suggested to MobiHealthNews that the actual figure likely lies between the two. Regardless, it’s clear 15 percent is way off the mark.
Other media outlets reported on the survey’s findings and these inaccurate reports have likely triggered misguided conversations about how few physicians are discussing digital health with their patients, while the actual results reveal just the opposite. Keep reading>>