By Drew Schiller, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Validic
A 2012 Pew Research study revealed that every seven out of ten U.S. adults track their health data (and a growing number are using digital health apps and devices); yet, only one in ten share that data with a clinician. This begs the question: in a world where consumers are compelled to share everything from thoughts on celebrity gossip to well-orchestrated videos of themselves being doused with buckets of ice water, do we actually have a sharing problem? Clearly not. What we have is a data access problem.
Patients do not have a simple mechanism and compelling reason for sharing their digital health data with healthcare professionals. Likewise, healthcare professionals do not have a systematic way of accessing actionable, patient-generated health data. This disconnect inhibits clinicians from providing preventative care, making more informed patient decisions, uncovering medical breakthroughs, and gaining valuable insights into high-risk patients’ day-to-day activities.
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