I’ve been having a lot of really important conversations with people about the various consumer health applications that are coming out. The discussion usually requires the patients to care enough to use the consumer health device. I’m often found saying, “most patients don’t care.”
The response to this comment is usually a bit of disbelief around people not caring about their health. The problem is that people do want to be healthy. However, they don’t want to worry about their health all the time. This quote from the amazing Susannah Fox added the nuance that I was always missing in my comment about patients not caring.
— Simon Sikorski, M.D. (@SimonSikorskiMD) June 4, 2013
People do care about their health, but they don’t want worrying about their health to rule their life. Of course, chronic conditions are another story. For the majority of patients that are healthy or at least “feel” healthy, they aren’t motivated to improve their health daily. This is the challenge that healthcare app developers face. Overcoming it is a real challenge.