New Study Reveals That Physicians Embrace Patient Self-Tracking

Manhattan Research’s Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2013 study finds that physicians are receptive to patients tracking data about their conditions and sharing these measurements with healthcare professionals – Webinar April 18 at 11am ET

April 11, 2013, New York, NY – In 2013, 70 percent of physicians report that at least one of their patients is sharing health measurement data with them, according to the new Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2013 study from healthcare market research and advisory firm Manhattan Research. However, the methods patients use to share their health measurements with healthcare professionals remain primarily low-tech. The most common forms used by patients are handwriting the data or giving the physician a printout of their information. This year’s Taking the Pulse® U.S. study surveyed 2,950 U.S. practicing physicians online in Q1 2013 across more than 25 specialties.

Moreover, physicians’ attitudes toward patients tracking their data are positive. Nearly three-quarters of physicians agree that self-tracking leads to better patient outcomes.

“Self-tracking is already a part of the care paradigm and its prevalence is going to accelerate rapidly as digital connection, payment reform, and outcome-focused delivery make advances,” said James Avallone, Director of Physician Research at Manhattan Research. “We are seeing physician attitudes toward self-tracking aligning with policy, which is encouraging for all stakeholders involved.” 

Upcoming Webinar! Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2013 – Thursday, April 18 at 11am ET
President Meredith Ressi is hosting a webinar April 18th at 11am ET for those interested in learning more about the study as well as highlights from the new data. For more information about the webinar and to register, please visit

About Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2013
Taking the Pulse® U.S. is Manhattan Research’s annual market research study and syndicated advisory service focused on how U.S. physicians use the Internet, digital media, mobile devices and other technologies for professional purposes and patient interaction. Taking the Pulse® U.S. 2013 was fielded online among 2,950 U.S. practicing physicians in Q1 2013. The data can be segmented across a variety of target specialist audiences, including PCPs, pediatricians, cardiologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists and OB/GYNs. For more information, please visit

About Manhattan Research
Manhattan Research, a Decision Resources Group company, conducts annual research studies covering eHealth trends among healthcare professionals and consumers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Broad research can be segmented by target specialist and therapeutic audiences. For more information please contact, call 1.888.680.0800, ext 2, or visit

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