80% of smartphone users interested in healthcare alerts says FICO

Healthcare industry can reach out to consumers via mobile

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A major survey by FICO has revealed that 80 per cent of people would like the option to use their smartphones to interact with healthcare providers. The list  includes: – government and private insurers, hospitals, pharmacies, mail-order drug companies, third party administrators and clinics. Additionally, the survey also showed that 76 per cent of people globally are keen to be reminded of their medical appointments. A further 69 per cent would like to receive reminders to arrange appointments or alerts prompting them to take their medication.

Almost two-thirds of smartphone users want to receive medical advice through digital channels instead of visiting a doctor.

In addition, 71 per cent of smartphone users are open to offers of relevant healthcare services from businesses, and 53 per cent are open to provider-initiated communications.

Dr Stuart Wells, FICO’s CTO, commented, “The way healthcare organisations communicate with people is changing as individuals become more and more sophisticated about using information technology to make health-related decisions.”

He continued, “People are especially interested in mobile services that can help them manage their personal health and shop for healthcare services.”

“The leading healthcare providers are increasingly turning to mobile technologies to meet this demand, and to engage frequently and proactively with consumers.”

The FICO survey showed that 56 per cent of people worldwide trust healthcare organisations with personal data.

So while e-health records have yet to take off in many countries, simple innovations around mobile alerts and information services are helping to build the trust necessary for this trend to continue.

“Mail order pharmacies are checking customer orders via mobile applications, insurers are validating policy details and medical service providers are requesting feedback on the quality of their services or managing follow-up care,” said Dr. Wells.

“Privacy is critically important and consumers are required to opt-in, but given the benefits of mobile technology in the healthcare field, that doesn’t appear to be an impediment to adoption.”

People are eager to have a dialogue with their healthcare providers in ways that are convenient to them.”

The survey data can be explored in detail here.

About Hans Cett

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC - http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/
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