Health Care

Novant’s MyChart Connects To Patient Fitness Trackers

By Ken Little, posted Oct 9, 2015
Novant Health patients can now share data from their fitness tracker with their doctor through the hospital system’s electronic patient portal, MyChart.

The tracker system has been in operation since August.  

Novant Health operates Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Brunswick County.

More than 51 million new wearable fitness trackers were estimated to have been purchased in 2014, a news release said.

By integrating with Fitbit and Apple HealthKit, Novant Health’s more than 430,000 MyChart users will be able to submit data from personal fitness devices, such as smart scales and wearable fitness trackers, directly to their doctors.

With the addition of the wearable technology integration, the organization expects its MyChart engagement to continue to climb.

“Fitness trackers can be excellent motivators and, as a physician, I’m very excited about any technology that helps to keep my patients engaged with their health,” Keith E. Griffin, chief medical information officer for the Novant Health medical group, said in the news release.

“By connecting MyChart with popular health tracking technology, we can give patients even more options for keeping their doctors up to date on their health between office visits.”

MyChart is a free and secure tool that gives patients controlled access to the same Epic medical records their doctors use.

Through MyChart, patients can view laboratory results, a summary of care, snapshots of their current medications and more. They can also email their doctors, request prescription refills and pay bills electronically.

Patients will be able to link to their accounts through the Track My Health feature in MyChart and then sync the data to both view it in MyChart and submit it to their clinicians.

While there hasn’t been a large-scale research study pointing to the outcomes and use of these types of devices to manage patients or improve outcomes, many physicians believe that wearable devices are holding more people accountable when it comes to how much activity they get in a day, the release said.

“From a clinical perspective, getting a more accurate look at exercise, sleep and other health trends will be helpful as patients work together with their care teams to create holistic plans for their overall wellness,” Griffin said.
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