PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that 40 percent of Americans would pay for a mobile device to send health data to doctors. Three in 10 Americans would use the telehealth features.
A new report by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers
reveals that 40 percent of Americans would pay for a mobile device to keep
track of their vital signs and send the data remotely to their doctor.
PwC made the presentation called "Healthcare Unwired" on Sept. 8
at the mHealth Initiative
conference in San Diego. The
consulting firm also found that the still developing mobile health care
industry could be worth $7.7 billion to $43 billion.
In addition, PwC found that three in 10 Americans
are willing to use their mobile phone to track and monitor their health and
send the information wirelessly to their doctor.
"Companies that will be well positioned competitively are those than
can integrate mobile health into health care delivery and create value in the
health system by helping doctors and their patients better manage health and
wellness through mass personalization," Daniel Garrett, leader of
PricewaterhouseCoopers' health information technology practice, said in a
PwC interviewed 2,000 consumers and 1,000 physicians on their remote mobile
The survey found that 31 percent of consumers would be willing to have an
application on their smartphone to track their health.
Meanwhile, 40 percent said they'd pay a monthly fee to send and receive
health-related texts, including prescription notices or reminders to access
their personal health records. Men were twice as likely as women to use this
Of the consumers surveyed, 40 percent would be open to paying for a device
on a monthly subscription plan to remotely send health data such as heart rate,
blood pressure, blood sugar and weight to their physician.
Meanwhile, 88 percent of physicians would like to see patients track their
vital data at home.
The PwC study follows a recent report by the Deloitte
Center for Health Solutions
describing the combination of electronic medical records and mobile devices as the
"killer app" that will affect the health care industry.
"There are significant opportunities for physicians, hospitals, health
insurers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers to market
and differentiate themselves using mobile health," Garrett said.
In another study, Spyglass Consulting reported on July 23 that 94 percent of
physicians were using smartphones but 78 percent struggled with timely
communication among colleagues.
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company, FOXNews.com, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents, ScientificAmerican.com, USA Weekend and Womansday.com, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.