Physician Survey: Would You 'Prescribe' Consumer Wearables if EHRs Could Integrate Data?
With the amount of patient data healthcare organizations currently collect and are expected to collect in the future, the market is responding by developing creative ways to aid in that process. One area of data collection that has grown on the consumer side but has yet to take a significant hold on the clinical side is the use of wearable technology.
The unprecedented level of IT adoption over the last 10 years has propelled healthcare organizations into a new world that incorporates technology into nearly every aspect of patient care. Along with that level of IT adoption and care has been a continuous stream of data that organizations are applying to new care models such as population health, and emerging areas such as precision medicine. However, the difficulty for many healthcare organizations is determining what data is essential to improving outcomes. The rise of wearable technology introduces yet another level of data that could potentially be leveraged by physicians to aid in improving outcomes and patient wellness.
But to what extent are the clinical technology platforms and the clinicians themselves ready to accept patient-generated data from wearables?
To begin to answer this question and others in the area of healthcare practices, HIMSS Analytics collaborated with the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and their mobile-first survey tool, MGMA Stat, to understand the sentiment around this topic.
From the survey results published by MGMA Stat, "while a small number (6%) of respondents replied they already do, 35% responded 'yes' and another 41% were unsure. Just 18% responded 'no.' While a minority of practices currently 'prescribe' wearables to their patients, the data suggests a significant number are interested in adding this functionality."