Health monitoring: untapped potential

Health monitoring with suitable wearables or smartphones is most popular when it comes to personal medical treatment. However, motivation for sustainable health monitoring is low if the behaviour is to be recorded for the purpose of prevention or solidarity. The main barriers: Effort of personal tracking and concerns regarding data privacy.

Most of us have tried out digital health monitoring devices that record exercise or nutrition data, but we don’t tend to use them over a longer period of time. In fact, recording and sharing data has a rather bad image, as it is associated with fitness influencers who do it to make themselves the centre of attention.

But people are willing to share their recorded data with their doctor if it benefits their treatment. This type of tracking is more likely to be accepted. And they can imagine making their recorded data available for research purposes in the future. However, healthy people are wary of sharing data in a data pool for the common good for reasons of solidarity.

These were the findings of a qualitative survey of 24 participants aged between 28 and 55 via video interviews conducted by GIM Suisse on behalf of the Sanitas health insurance foundation in January 2024.

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