HIMSS: Health coaching could boost value of wearables
Dec 13, 2018
A report by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and sponsored by wearables pioneer Fitbit suggests health coaches — professionals who facilitate patient treatment and education for physicians — could help improve the use of patient-generated data from wearables.
HIMSS surveyed 101 healthcare IT and hospital administrators for the report, which found that half of hospitals and health systems planned to connect patients with a health coach or were already using health coaching. Mid- to large-sized organizations were three times as likely to do so than small healthcare systems.
Survey participants said the top three barriers to using wearables to generate patient health data were costs, issues integrating data into the patient record and data overload on providers.