75% of consumers willing to share health data, but only 32% say it happens automatically

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While there is a high demand for electronically sharing health data, consumers have few avenues to do so, finds a new survey from consumer health engagement company HealthMine.

According to a March 2016 survey of 500 insured consumers who use web-connected health tools, 75 percent said they would be willing to send digital health data electronically to their providers. However, just 32 percent said they are able to do so automatically. Additionally, 46 percent of respondents said their physician does not incorporate self-collected health data in their healthcare plans.

Consumers also said they were willing to share their health data with other parties, including health plans (39 percent), family and friends (37 percent), scientific research (16 percent) and employers (9 percent). They also report facing barriers in automatically sharing data with these parties.

"Today, much of our self-collected health data is not reaching doctors, let alone health plans. That data can help inform decisions about care, as well as guide preventative measures for better health," said Bryce Williams, president and CEO of HealthMine.

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