The experts agree: The Internet of Things has serious potential for strengthening all-important patient engagement. They also agree: There are still a whole lot of hurdles to cross first.

Obstacles to providers include poor health data interoperability and EHR usability. On the patient side, limited functionality of healthcare offerings, frustration with malfunctioning apps and uninspired analytics pose challenges.

For example, after analyzing data from 136,000 wearable devices users, Argus Insights reports that although many consumers enjoy using their devices, they are highly dissatisfied with the apps and interfaces that supposedly connect them to their health data. And without easy access to accurate information, consumers find it difficult to improve their health.

However, healthcare organizations willing to learn from the retail industry’s success using technology to connect with consumers and build brand loyalty could turn things around. A patient engagement strategy that actually promotes healthier behavior seems to require three key components:

  1. IoT tools that provide patient-generated health data between visits to healthcare providers
  2. Big Data analytics that integrate EHR data and patient-generated data to provide actionable insights
  3. Caring providers who provide accountability, motivation, data interpretation and care planning

Find out more about how the IoT can connect patients, providers, wearable devices and data to increase engagement and improve healthcare outcomes.

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