Americans Embrace Health and Fitness Technology

Sixty-three percent of consumers who use fitness or health monitoring technologies say it has changed their behavior significantly. Forty percent have shared their fitness or monitoring information with their doctor, according to a survey by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

Twenty-two percent used technology to access, store, and transmit health records in the past year, up from 13% in 2013. Use was higher for those with major chronic conditions (32% compared to 19% in 2013). Sixteen percent who needed care went online for cost information, up from 11% in 2013. Technology use among Millennials increased the most (27% versus 17%). Further, 71% of all those surveyed have not gone online for cost information, but are very or somewhat likely to use a pricing tool in the future.
Twenty-five percent used a scorecard to compare the performance of doctors, hospitals, and health plans, up from 19% in 2013. The rate was highest in the youngest cohort, with 49% of Millennials who received care in the last year using a scorecard compared to 31% in 2013.

Greg Scott of Deloitte Consulting said, “Health care is becoming more digitized and consumer oriented. It’s not an overnight change, but more like how summer turns into fall – gradual yet very perceptible. The specter of a more customer-driven industry is causing many health companies to transform into retail-focused organizations, impacting everything from strategy and scale to operations and human capital…This is about more than a cool app; this is about making the…changes needed to better identify and engage a more empowered purchaser.”

“Walking meetings” and better snacks: Fitness tips for work

Employers can help workers improve their health without spending a lot of money, writes small-business expert Lee Polevoi. Among the ideas: Hold “walking meetings,” launch weight-loss contests, substitute out unhealthy vending machine food for better snacks, and schedule regular worker stretch breaks. Intuit Small Business Blog (10/19)

Very short, intense workouts can improve fitness, study says

Riding a stationary bike at high intensity for 6 seconds, resting a minute and repeating the cycle 10 times led to a 10% improvement in fitness among people who performed the workout for two weeks, according to a study from Abertay University in Scotland. Researchers said the results may be linked to lactate, a substance that appears in the bloodstream during exercise as a fuel to help people perform at higher levels. BBC (9/17)

Trainer lists simple exercises to work into your daily routine

Standing instead of sitting while on the phone or standing on one leg while brushing your teeth are two easy ways to add exercise to a daily routine and burn extra calories, trainer Jay Cardiello writes. He lists other simple exercises that work on core strength and balance, including dancing while getting dressed, contracting and holding abdominal muscles while driving and doing a few pushups on the bed at night. Shape.com

Fitness in midlife may stave off chronic diseases later

Medicare claims data on more than 18,600 healthy men and women revealed that middle-aged adults with the highest levels of cardiorespiratory fitness had a more than 40% reduced incidence of chronic diseases later in life compared with adults with the lowest fitness levels. Researchers also found that increased fitness levels can delay chronic conditions and reduce the duration of illness. The findings appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Reuters (8/27), CNN/The Chart blog (8/27)

Fitness in midlife may stave off chronic diseases later

Medicare claims data on more than 18,600 healthy men and women revealed that middle-aged adults with the highest levels of cardiorespiratory fitness had a more than 40% reduced incidence of chronic diseases later in life compared with adults with the lowest fitness levels. Researchers also found that increased fitness levels can delay chronic conditions and reduce the duration of illness. The findings appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Reuters (8/27), CNN/The Chart blog (8/27

Last Updated 08/10/2022

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