Why 19 Percent of Households Own multiple Connected Healthcare Devices

By Healthcare Tech Outlook

New Park Associates research shows that 19 percent of US broadband households now own two or more connected health devices. However, it is just a modest increase from 16 percent in mid-2017. Moreover, a third of the device owners who no longer use the device have stated that they have lost interest. “This modest increase in ownership may be attributed to two main challenges that device makers face,” says Kristen Hanich, an analyst at the research group. “The first challenge would be to make devices that are so intertwined with their users’ lives that they are frictionless and almost invisible. The second would be to add advanced functionality that goes beyond basic mentoring and tracking, thus making sure to keep users engaged in their health.” One of the most powerful tools to address these challenges would be the sharing and contextualization of information. Moreover, it is essential to examine the technology changes occurring that have the potential to reshape the way providers care for patients and individuals care for their specific conditions, to obtain tremendous insight into the evolution of care systems.

The early detection and management of conditions is critical for patients having chronic diseases, to prevent unnecessary complications in the future. Connected health devices play an essential role in this early detection and treatment of conditions such as diabetes or hypertension among patients. Consumer wearables such as the Apple Watch can also be used for the accurate detection of initial conditions among at-risk patients, thus guiding them to the adequate care they need. Moreover, studies have also shown that about 82 percent of seniors nowadays prefer to stay in their homes in their golden years even if they require day-to-day assistance or ongoing healthcare during retirement. Connected health devices are thus being leveraged to develop an array of new solutions to address these demands. Hence connected health technology has now become a vital component for the development of proactive healthcare plans and the fostering of patient-doctor dialogue. This is important for working towards the mission of Going for-Zero heart attacks and strokes which in turn helps in creating more preventive healthcare solutions and augmenting the patient experience.

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