Despite Privacy Risks, More People Use Wearables to Track Health

Despite risks to patient privacy, the number of U.S. patients who track their health data via wearables has doubled in the last five years. Of patients who have used wearables within the last year, about 73% say that they use them consistently. Likewise, 60% of the roughly 4,500 respondents stated that they would be willing to share personal health information generated from their devices with their doctor in order to improve their health.

This study also found that there has been an increase in the use of wearables to measure fitness goals. The number increased from 17% in 2013 to a whopping 42% in 2018.

These findings were published in Healthcare IT Security on October 1, 2018.

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