Why consumer health data is the key to people-driven healthTerrence Ryan | 09.16.2019
Digital technology and the age of big data have disrupted nearly every industry, and healthcare is no exception. While there have been cutting edge advancements to nearly all aspects of care, a significant gap remains between the promise of what is possible. That gap is particularly wide when we consider the reality of what patients experience in today’s healthcare ecosystem, especially when it comes to their personal health information and how that data is leveraged in pursuit of optimal care. Billions of dollars have been spent on healthcare IT infrastructure. The healthcare industry has undertaken a mass adoption by providers of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). And we’re now seeing an influx of real-time health data made possible by wearable health devices. Despite all these innovations and investments, today’s consumers still face significant challenges when it comes to taking charge of their health data to advance and improve their wellness and health outcomes. While we’ve seen significant increases in access to online health portals designed to put health records at patient fingertips, only 25% of patients report actually using their electronic health records (EHRs) to make healthcare decisions. Forty–one percent report they have never even seen their health information, let alone used it to guide their care.