What Emerging Technology Will Move the Needle on Patient Outcomes?
It May Not Be Wearables or AI
[From www.mmm-online.com] Through immersive visualizations or constant feedback loops, the thinking goes, we'll be alternatively spooked and nudged into leading healthier lives.
It might not be that simple, as a new study shows by looking at wearables - a proxy, perhaps, for assessing the impact of other promising digital health tools. In the study, researchers evaluated 27 randomized trials to assess the effects of using wearables on patient outcomes (the review was published today in Eric Topol's new journal, Digital Medicine).
After analyzing the results, which included information on BMI, weight, body fat percentage, and blood pressure, the researchers found using wearables had "no statistical benefit on human health," reports Brennan Spiegel, one of the study's authors.
It's not that wearables, VR, or other emerging tech can't improve patient outcomes. It's just that human behavior is complex, multifaceted, and hard to crack. "Data is confusing," behavioral economist Dan Ariely says.
So, what will move the needle?