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Europe's Doctors Embrace Digital Helpers—Up to a Point - eMarketer

Europe's Doctors Embrace Digital Helpers—Up to a Point - eMarketer | eHealth - Social Business in Health |
Most doctors in France, Germany and the UK believe innovations such as wellness apps and wearable monitors are here to stay. However, they also see some drawbacks.

See this blog by eMarketeer based on research by Ipsos Healthcare

Doctors throughout Europe already work in an environment full of advanced technology, including highly sophisticated diagnostic and surgical equipment and other state-of-the-art devices. These days, though, they also need to deal with the gadgets in the hands of consumers—their patients. And doctors have mixed feelings about the explosion of mobile apps, wearables and other digital tools aimed at boosting consumers’ awareness and control of their own health.

 That’s not to say that medics don’t see essential value in a lot of the new tools on offer. According to the “Digital Doctor Report 2015” from Ipsos Healthcare, 72% of doctors polled in France, Germany and the UK had either used or recommended an app, online health forum or wearable technology in the previous year.

While four in every five doctors felt technology was increasingly important and would play a permanent role in healthcare, many were unsure what that role would be. For example, most doctors sampled by Ipsos were wary of overstating the benefits of mobile health apps. Some 13% said that mobile technology would eventually replace routine checkups for stable patients with chronic problems—but 26% disagreed. One in 10 said that disease/compliance monitoring apps used alongside drugs would become a prerequisite for patients being reimbursed by insurance companies for their health expenses—but 37% said this wouldn’t happen. Asked whether apps were key to improving patients’ adherence to health regimes, 15% of doctors said they agreed—but 21% said apps were not key.

Moreover, significant numbers of doctors had doubts about the usefulness of some digital health solutions, at least in their current form. Mobile technology such as apps and wearables were a particular focus of concern—though the level of worry varied from one country to another. In the UK, for example, the overwhelming majority of the sample agreed that “mobile technology is a reliable means of monitoring health data”; just 11% disagreed. But in France, 24% disagreed, and in Germany, the proportion was 29%.

Similarly, most doctors did think mobile technology would help simplify access to healthcare. But more than one in 10 in the UK and Germany did not agree. In France, a notable 33% of doctors did not subscribe to this view.

Many doctors in the Ipsos study were also thinking ahead to potential conflicts arising from consumer use of apps and other digital tools. After all, most healthcare professionals in advanced economies have already seen large numbers of patients self-diagnosing with the aid of Google search or the websites of medical organizations—and arguing with their doctors as a result.

While doctors polled by Ipsos generally acknowledged that technology could help with therapy and monitoring chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart ailments, 27% feared that mobile apps would create more conflict with patients.

Again, the top worries varied by country. Nearly two-thirds of doctors in the UK were concerned that patients could misinterpret data from digital health tools. In Germany, about six in 10 respondents felt these tools could fuel hypochondria, and in France, more than half of doctors were unhappy about the lack of security and privacy involved in using them.

Because the application of digital technology to day-to-day consumer healthcare is pretty new, most doctors (73%) couldn’t say exactly what they wanted it to do. But among those that did have a clear view on this, monitoring was the top function they identified.

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Inspiring information on Doctors' views on ehealth!

Do they represent doctors' beliefs in digital apps? Are they cautious about negative impact on therapy, diagnosis? Don't they trust their patients with digital? Or be it all concerns about the sustainability of their medical business, fear for fundamental change? Who would say? I guess further research!

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Philips and Leiden University Medical Center extend collaboration with new research agreement on healthy aging and personal health

Philips and Leiden University Medical Center extend collaboration with new research agreement on healthy aging and personal health | eHealth - Social Business in Health |
  • Collaboration aims to build scientific foundation for development of  health-related wearable and mobile technologies
  • Partners will run clinically relevant trials among the elderly to identify and improve how people respond to lifestyle intervention programs that use health and activity sensors
  • Goal is to promote healthy living and active ageing lifestyles, prevent chronic disease, tailor clinical care and manage the aging process


Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) today announced a new research collaboration aimed at improving preventative care and chronic care through wearable technologies. The organizations intend to attain new data-driven insights into the relationship between lifestyle and health in elderly people. This will support the development of personalized coaching solutions using wearable sensors to help people to age more healthy and reduce the impact of illness and chronic conditions.


As people live longer and lifestyles change, more people are confronted with chronic disease. In addition to having a major impact on people’s quality of life, this puts increased pressure on healthcare systems.


New wearable sensor technologies are rapidly becoming available and could play an important role in healthy lifestyles and treatment compliance. The current challenge is to turn the data these new devices offer into clinically relevant information. This will help build scientifically proven and clinically validated solutions to improve the outcomes of lifestyle intervention programs and medical treatments.


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rob halkes's insight:

We know by now of the potential of digital applications in health, mhealth and wearables. But we need these intitiatives like Philips and LUMC announced today to gain insights whether it works, bbut also how it works and how it might me implemented in real care. Congrats!

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Infographic: Digitally-native HCPs - PMLiVE

Infographic: Digitally-native HCPs - PMLiVE | eHealth - Social Business in Health |
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Insights!  The majority og HCP's is now digitally native! Let's go on!

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