64% of physicians say patient-generated data will reduce clinical burden, survey finds

The majority of physicians — 64 percent — indicated digital technologies that capture patient-generated data will reduce the clinical burden placed on physicians and nurses, according to an Ernst & Young survey.

For the survey, Ernst & Young surveyed 2,455 consumers, 152 physicians and 195 executives about their attitudes toward digital technologies in the healthcare industry.

Here are five insights from the survey.

1. Eighty-three percent of physicians said patient-generated data from smartphone apps and sensor-based devices could support care coordination across providers and lead to more personalized care plans.

2. Sixty-three percent of consumers indicated they track health- or exercise-related information daily or weekly. Sixty percent of consumers said they would share this data with their physicians to help inform their treatment plans.

3. Seventy percent of consumers said they would share lifestyle information with their physicians to help inform clinical care, with 54 percent of consumers reporting they would share grocery-shopping habits.

4. Consumers cited reduced wait times (61 percent) and cost savings (55 percent) as the biggest incentives to increasing their digital engagement with physicians.

5. Seventy-four percent of physicians indicated the use of patient portals would be beneficial to patient experience and overall health.

To access Ernst & Young's survey, click here.

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