MGMA poll: Only 6% of healthcare professionals use data collected by patient wearable devices

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Most healthcare professionals do not use biometric or other data measured by patients' wearable devices, according to a Medical Group Management Association Stat poll.

For the June 13 poll, MGMA asked more than 1,100 healthcare professionals if their practice uses data from patients' consumer health wearables.

The poll found only 6 percent of respondents said "yes" compared to 81 percent that said "no." Thirteen percent were "unsure."

Of the 81 percent of respondents that said there weren't using this data, 9 percent indicated they would do so in the next year and 11 percent indicated they expect their practice will use data from wearables within two or more years, MGMA said. Twenty-nine percent indicated no plans to use this data.

"Though wearable technology can be used to enhance dialogue surrounding patient health, wearable technology is not replacing any current systems," MGMA concluded. "In fact, those who are using data from patients' wearables stated they were using the information during patient visits to engage patients in their health status and to set activity goals." 


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