Arlington, Va. - A new study by
the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reveals that consumers are
interested in communicating with their doctors via wireless devices.
The study, "The New Role of
Technology in Consumer Health and Wellness," examines consumer perceptions
and attitudes in using technology products to maintain their health and
According to the study, 36
percent of consumers said they would be interested in sending health data to
their doctor via a wireless device; 33 percent are interested in managing their
health records online; and 32 percent would be willing to consult with their
doctor via online video.
"New technologies change the
way we communicate with our doctors, and consumers are seeking mobile apps that
cut down on the need for appointments, reduce costs and increase
efficiency," said Ben Arnold, senior research analyst at CEA.
"Doctors play a major role in educating consumers about technology, as more
than half of consumers said they consult their healthcare provider for
information on health technology devices."
Among specific devices, consumers
indicated the highest interest in body weight scales (44 percent), vital sign
meters and gauges (40 percent) and devices that record progress through a
fitness plan (37 percent).
Among those who have downloaded
mobile health and fitness applications, the most popular choices are nutrition
trackers (51 percent), fitness apps that measure workout regimens (36 percent)
and customized music apps for exercise (32 percent).
The popularity of health and
fitness technology is also reflected in the 2012 International CES Digital
Health and Fitness TechZone, which CEA said will feature innovative new
technology products and services that address this burgeoning marketplace.
"As wireless services and
device capabilities continue to improve, mobile health and fitness app
ownership will continue to increase," Arnold said. "Consumers value
the ability of such apps to analyze data and provide recommendations that can
motivate behavioral changes."
The complete study is available
free to CEA member companies at http://members.ce.org
Non-members may purchase the study for $999 at the
Arlington, Va. - A new study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reveals that consumers are interested in communicating with their doctors via wireless devices.