Recent research by MedPanel shows that the majority of physicians are not currently discussing mobile health technology with their patients. However, a second study conducted by Research Now shows that 76% of physicians agree that mobile apps could be effective in helping patients manage chronic conditions.
According to Mobile Commerce News, the disconnect is likely that physicians simply are unsure of which applications to recommend. That being said, physicians who work in accountable care organizations (ACO) are typically two-times more likely of discussing both the mobile health apps, as well as wearable technology than physicians who do not work in ACOs.
Of the 500 medical professionals who participated in Research Now’s study, 86% believe that a mobile app could help to obtain a more in-depth understanding of their patients’ medical conditions.
This means that mHealth app developers and wearable technology companies must do a better job of connecting with physicians.