74% of Heart Patients Say Activity Trackers Help, But Only 27% Use Them, Found HealthMine Survey

Sunday, January 31, 2016

DALLAS, Jan. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers are beginning to embrace mobile tools for heart health—but not enough. A January HealthMine survey of 501 consumers with known heart disease and/or risk found that just 27% of people are using an activity tracker. Only 16% say they are using their tracker to manage their heart condition/risk. Yet 74% of those who do use an activity tracker report the device is helping them cope with their heart condition.

Source: HealthMine 2016

27% of Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease (according to the American Heart Association), and 47% of Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors for heart conditions: high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking. Mobile devices and apps can provide a convenient way to help track risk factors and disease, including tools for self-data collection, fitness, diet, and more.

Overall, HealthMine found that 31% of those with a heart condition/risk are using some type of mobile health tool to manage their condition/risk. Here's what they are using:

31% of heart patients use mobile health tools to manage their condition

Mobile Tool

Percent Using to Manage Condition

Activity/fitness tracking device or app

50%

Blood pressure app

48%

Heart rate app

47%

Food/nutrition app

38%

HealthMine's survey also found that 20% of respondents received a fitness or health-related gift for the holidays, and 10% say they were gifted a wearable activity tracker.

As for the 69% of consumers with heart problems who aren't using mobile health tools to manage their condition/risk, 36% say they prefer "traditional" methods to manage their health, and 34% say they don't know which device/app to use. Another 20% say they don't own a mobile device, and 15% find mobile health tools too confusing.

Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine said: "Being connected to your health data can make a difference." He continued: "Millions of wearable fitness tracking devices will be incorporated into wellness programs over the next few years. But they need to tie into a larger, clinically-based strategy to help consumers know where they stand with their health, what they need to do and stay motivated to do it."

About the Survey

The HealthMine survey queried 501 consumers with known heart disease or risk enrolled in a 2016 health plan, and was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) in January 2016. Respondents were screened from 3,175 consumers. Data were collected via an opt-in panel. The margin of error is 4%. Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collection Solutions, across every mode, for 37 Years.

About HealthMine

HealthMine is a leading healthcare technology company with the mission to empower everyone to own their health. HealthMine has created an unparalleled Personal Clinical Engagement technology platform that makes it easy for members to manage their health because they know: 1) where they stand, 2) what they need to do, and 3) what's in it for them. The platform works by automatically intaking each member's clinical and behavioral health data, and analyzing it through a rigorous, clinical rules engine. HealthMine identifies healthy, at-risk, and chronically sick individuals in a population, uncovering health risks that often go unnoticed. Applying deep understanding of a member's health, lifestyle and behavioral patterns, HealthMine creates a dynamic, personalized health action plan and tracks outcomes. Serving more than one million members, HealthMine has saved employers and payers more than $100 million in healthcare costs. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Dallas, Texas with offices in San Mateo, California, and Eatontown, New Jersey.

 

HealthMine, Inc.

 

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