Eighty-four percent of Americans believe that tracking their own health data with a clinically accurate monitoring device will help improve their overall health, according to a new survey of 1,000 respondents commissioned by The Society for Participatory Medicine and healthcare technology company Biotricity, and conducted by ORC International in December 2015.
The survey has also found that 71 percent of adults would use a personal monitoring device that tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, glucose, physical activity and other key assessments if it was clinically accurate and easy to use.
“Unlike wearables that are not capable of providing clinical-grade data, we recognize that the future lies with empowering individuals with robust self-management solutions, and we believe the survey findings demonstrate that Americans are eager to use these tools to manage their personal health issues,” Waqaas Al-Siddiq, president and CEO of Biotricity, said in a statement.
Out of 75 percent of Americans who would wear personal monitoring devices, 57 percent would rely on it for personal use AND to share with their healthcare professional, 13 percent for personal use only, and 5 percent for healthcare professional use only.
Self-monitoring is a vital component of an efficient and high-functioning healthcare system, according to Daniel Z. Sands, MD, MPH, co-founder and co-chair of the Society of Participatory Medicine and a practicing physician. “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,” he added.