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When it comes to mobile healthcare technology, there sometimes tend to be waves of hype--everyone's on a smartphone, everyone has a fitness tracker, everyone's eager to track and monitor each and every data point, etc.
In some cases, the hype is warranted, as we've reported amazing success stories to varying degrees, from pilots to full-throttle mHealth deployments, that are providing patients with great benefits and payers and providers with deeper data for better decision making. It seems the more I read about digital health, the more I can easily be led to believe its nirvana is on the horizon.
Yet, in other cases, the hype is not warranted and serves as a reality check of where mHealth is when it comes to consumer adoption.
One such reality check is delivered in a recent study regarding what mobile device users are willing to share in regard to healthcare data. Read more...
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