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Health Coaching: Multiplying the Value of Wearables and Patient-Generated Health Data

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Wearables + healthcare coaching — the disease prevention solution care providers need

By Jack Beaudoin & Gen LeFebvre

When consumer wearables first came to market, many hospitals and health systems resisted the technology and questioned the value of patient-generated health data (PGHD). Their concerns were legitimate. Facing a new ecosystem of technology, providers lacked confidence in the new inputs: Would wearables bring quality data? Would the influx of information disrupt workflows? How exactly would providers be compensated for their time in relation to the data? How would they apply it to their practice in a sustainable, meaningful way?

Much has changed in the last decade. Some myths around PGHD have been debunked while healthy skepticism and improved technology continue to push the conversation forward. As a result, according to one recent survey, hospitals and health systems are no longer questioning the value – or desire – for PGHD. In fact, they are demanding it.

In The Role of Wearables and PGHD in the Care Delivery Continuum,” a recent HIMSS Media report sponsored by Fitbit, 79 percent of respondents agreed that they would like to have more data about patients in between encounters and 72 percent agreed that they need PGHD to make good decisions on chronic disease management. Read more


Published at HealthcareITNews.com.

About Healthcare IT News

Healthcare IT News was founded in 2003 by Neil Rouda and Jack Beaudoin. Today, it is the industry’s authoritative source covering the people, policy and technology driving next-generation healthcare in the U.S. and throughout the world. With hundreds of thousands of visitors each month, it is the place healthcare decision-makers go for timely, actionable news and analysis on the ever-changing health and healthcare landscape.

About FitBit Health Solutions

Fitbit Health Solutions, part of Fitbit, Inc., delivers health and wellness solutions designed to increase engagement, improve health outcomes and drive positive returns for employers, health plans and health systems. Built on our market-leading and ever-evolving consumer technology, our solutions help companies, plans and providers engage more meaningfully with individuals throughout their daily lives.

Note: Cor-authored with Gen LeFebvre

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