Novant Health patients will soon be able to share data from their fitness tracker with their doctors through Novant Health’s electronic patient portal, Epic MyChart.

By integrating with Fitbit and Apple’s 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.

“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,” said the medical group’s Chief Medical Information Officer, Keith E. Griffin, MD.

“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,” continued Griffin.

According to Epic Systems, Novant Health has the highest MyChart engagement in the US, with 50% of registered users actively logging in to the patient portal monthly. With the addition of the wearable technology integration, the organisation expects its MyChart engagement to continue to climb adding to the many conveniences of the tool.

MyChart is a free and secure platform that gives patients controlled access to the same Epic medical records their doctors use, via a browser or mobile app available for both iOS and Android.

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.

Novant Health notes that 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.

“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,” said Griffin.

Novant Health expects the integration to be up and working within a month.

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