More Than 80% of People Already Know The Apple Watch Can Help Track Their Health

Sight unseen, 46% of 18-34 year-olds would buy Apple Watch to track health

DALLAS, March 6, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —   As the market eagerly anticipates Apple's March 9 launch event to introduce the new Apple Watch, 81% of people already know the device includes a digital health and fitness monitor, according to a February 2015 HealthMine survey of 561 consumers with company-sponsored health plans. The HealthMine survey was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) on March 1-2, 2015. 

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What's more, age plays a significant role in demand for the Apple Watch. Forty-six percent (46%) of people age 18-34 are interested in getting it to track their health, while 38% of people age 35-54 are interested. Sixty percent (60%) of individuals age 55+ are not interested in getting an Apple Watch to track health.

Despite a growing selection of mobile fitness and health tracking technologies including the Apple Watch, the survey also revealed that the desktop/laptop computer is still the number one way people prefer to access their health information. For younger people age 18-54, the smartphone is a second choice for accessing health data.  For respondents 55+, a smart phone is their last preference.

"One size fits none when it comes to health," said Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine. "Consumers require a lot of education to understand and accept new health tools, and their preferences are highly personalized. Plus, we anticipate that Apple will quickly demonstrate that the Watch is the next device to watch when it comes to health and fitness. It will offer consumers a new, powerful choice in personalizing health."

Williams added that it is important that health and wellness vendors must offer tailored solutions that work across multiple technology platforms and fit easily into people's day-to-day lives. 

"Apple has proven they know how to integrate new technologies that change our lives -- and the Watch can be a true breakthrough in helping people improve their health," Williams concluded.  

About the Survey
The HealthMine Wellness Preferences Survey data were collected via an opt-in panel from Survey Sampling International. The margin of error is 4%. Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collection Solutions, across every mode, for 37 Years.

Key Results below:

Q:  Do you have an interest in getting an Apple Watch as a way to track your health?


Age:     

All

18-34

35-54

55+

Yes

38%

46%

38%

25%

No

44%

36%

44%

60%

I did not know it could track my health

18%

18%

19%

15%

Q:  Thinking about having access to your health and health plan information, rank in order of priority how you would like, or wish you could have primary access?


Age:

All

18-34

35-54

55+

I would like to have access at my desktop or laptop    

1

1

1

1

I would like to have access on my smartphone

2

2

2

5

I would like to have an 800 number to call 

3

3

3

2

     where I can ask questions/get answers





I would like to have all my information mailed

4

5

5

3

     via US postal service periodically





I would like to have access on my tablet device

5

4

4

4


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