“80% of patients believe they should have access to their health records.”READ MORE: Industrial internet of things impact health
For decades, the health system has measured its performance in terms of cost, quality, and effectiveness. The IoT allows new ways to gather and collect health data for monitoring care and conditions. If these technologies could be used to enable people to better manage their own health and wellness it will have significant impact on the current contact points people have with the health system, and therefore cost. Enabling technologies have the ability to reduce the need to see doctors and health practitioners for low value interventions, remove waste of unnecessary and duplicate diagnostics, and reduce the potential of adverse events. It was noted in a recent Accenture Global Patient Engagement survey that only 17% of doctors thought that patients should have access to their electronic health records and only 16% would recommend the use of wearables. This is in contrast to almost 80% of patients believing they should have access to their records. Clearly there is significant difference in expectations and opinions between medical professionals and patients. In addition, combining what IoT brings to improving health system performance with other electronic health records is still in its infancy, but all agree that that there will be a day when data captured through devices will be included with other data as a combined health record.