Half of the nation’s newly insured consumers are using a digital health tool and are enrolled in a wellness program at work – but very few are using digital health for clinical purposes. A HealthMine survey of 500 insured consumers who use mHealth tools found that even though 59% are struggling with at least one chronic condition, only 7% use a disease management tool.
Even though 75% of consumers who use digital health tools say they are willing to share their self-collected health data with their doctors, only 32% say it happens automatically. What's more, 46 percent say their physician does not incorporate self-collected health data in their healthcare.
Despite the promise and potential of mobile and connected healthcare technology, not enough people are using it. A January HealthMine survey found that three-quarters of people with known heart disease or risk said their activity tracker was helping them manage their condition, but only 16 percent were actually using one to manage their health.
Consumer familiarity with telemedicine still has a ways to go, despite its potential to deliver healthcare cost savings to consumers. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of consumers have not heard of telemedicine. Of those who are familiar telemedicine, 55% have used it, and 93% say the service lowered their healthcare costs.
Ninety-three percent (93%) of people who have used telemedicine say it has lowered their healthcare costs, found a HealthMine Survey of 500 insured consumers. Telemedicine allows patients to connect with healthcare practioners through smartphones, computers and other devices. But most consumers aren't using it, and in fact, 39% report they haven't even heard of telemedicine.