Many may use phone to relay health data

Sept. 10, 2010 at 12:53 AM
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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Thirty percent of U.S. adults say they would use a cellphone or smart phone to track and monitor their personal health, a survey indicates.

The survey for PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute indicates 40 percent say they would be willing to pay for a remote monitoring device that sends health information directly to their doctor.

The nationwide survey of 2,000 consumers and 1,000 physicians also indicates:

-- 27 percent of consumers say they would find medication reminders sent via text to be helpful.

-- Men are twice as likely as women to say they would use a mobile device for health-related reminders.

-- Physicians say patient compliance with doctor recommendations is a major obstacle to managing health outcomes and 88 percent of physicians say they would like their patients to be able to track and/or monitor their health at home.

-- 57 percent of physicians say they would like to use remote devices to monitor the patients outside of the hospital, but physicians say they want to see filtered information, not all the data all the time. Too much information could actually slow down care.

-- Of the physicians using mobile devices currently, 56 percent say the devices expedite decision making and nearly 40 percent said the use of mobile devices decreases time spent on administration.

No further survey details were provided.

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