Real-time information biggest mobile perk

October 8, 2010

Nearly 9 out of 10 physicians would like their patients to be able to track and/or monitor their health, particularly their weight, blood sugar levels and vital signs, at home but worry that too much information actually could slow down care according to a survey.

Nearly 9 out of 10 physicians would like their patients to be able to track and/or monitor their health-particularly their weight, blood sugar levels and vital signs-at home, but worry that too much information actually could slow down care, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute.

"Healthcare Unwired" is the report based on the nationwide survey of 2,000 consumers and 1,000 physicians regarding their use and preferences for remote and mobile health services and devices.

Almost 6 out of 10 physicians said they would like to use remote devices to monitor patients outside of the hospital. Physicians, however, want to see filtered information or exceptions in their patients' health, not all the data all the time.

Physicians agreed that the greatest benefit of mobile health would be to help them make decisions faster by accessing more accurate data in real time.