Boston-based Partners HealthCare, for example, has conducted pilot programs involving wearable devices, targeting patients it believes will benefit the most — those with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension who need to track their health daily.
“It’s not just the wearables, it’s how you use them,” said Dr. Joseph C. Kvedar, vice president of connected health at Partners.
Laura Jennings-Cranford is one of the Partners patients who tried a Fitbit tracker through a fitness challenge held by her doctor in 2013. Knowing that her doctor could see her progress, Jennings-Cranford, 73, made an effort to stay on her feet more often.
“It helps with motivation,” said the Charlestown resident, who has mild diabetes, takes medication to control her blood pressure and cholesterol, and is trying to lose weight. “My main problem is staying motivated.”