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Patients may have more faith in mHealth apps than doctors

Patients may have more trust in their mobile device and mHealth application than their doctors, a blog post from Samsung asserts, especially since patients’ confidence in physicians is apparently at an all-time low.

The blog cites a recent study that found that only 23% of Americans have a “great deal” of confidence in the healthcare system and 58% of respondents agreed with the statement: “All things considered, doctors in [your country] can be trusted.”

Meanwhile, consumers’ trust in mobile healthcare applications continues to grow, according to the blog.

According to a recent Makovsky/Kelton “Pulse of Online Health” survey, two thirds of respondents (47%) would use mobile healthcare applications to prevent and manage disease by tracking diet and nutrition. The survey also indicated that patients would use mobile apps to receive medication reminders (46%), track symptoms (45%), and track physical activity (44%).

Furthermore, the survey found that 79% of those who responded would use a wearable device to measure physical activity (52%), track symptoms (45%), and manage personal health issues or conditions (43%).

The challenge for physicians, however, is figuring out how to handle all this data and still make sure they spend enough quality time with their patients. This is something that doctors are already struggling with and some doctors attribute this to the introduction of EHRs in healthcare.

One approach to this data overload problem is to make patients feel part of the care team by putting to use the data patients collect with their mobile devices, the blog said.

And patients are willing to get involved, it seems.  A PwC study found that 88% of consumers are willing to share personal data with their doctor to find new treatments. The blog suggests that this could create opportunities for richer conversations and lead to more accurate diagnoses as well as more personalized care.