Germans cautiously say "yes" to digitization


Half of Germans believe that digitization will improve their health and quality of life in the future. At the same time, they worry more about the security of their data than consumers in Ireland, Canada and the United States, according to a survey conducted by the market research institute Yougov on behalf of the United States. Canada Life.

Half of the German population thinks that digitization will bring new ways to improve health and quality of life in ten years time. Survey respondents in Ireland (58%) and the United States (52%) are even more optimistic.

What happens to my data?

The survey shows that German citizens are more concerned about their data than Anglo-Saxon countries. Participants were asked about their links to a personal digital medical record. In Germany, less than a quarter of respondents think it's a good thing, while 39% categorically refuse to share data without their knowledge.

The Irish population is different: more than a third is positive and only 29% are against sharing data without their knowledge. In addition, all supporters of the digital health record indicated that they wanted to share their data with prevention providers, who could then provide a personal health risk analysis and appropriate offerings. In Germany, it rejects a third. In Ireland and the United States, only about a quarter, in Canada, only 14%. There, half of the respondents are clearly in favor.

The people concerned want clarity

German consumers also criticize health apps and fitness trackers. In this country, more than a quarter of data users fear data abuse, a percentage almost as high does not want to store personal information. A fifth do not want to be confronted everywhere with health and fitness problems. Only a quarter of respondents advocate health applications and fitness follow-ups to take charge of health prevention.

In other countries, respondents are more likely to see the health benefits of apps. In Ireland, nearly 40% support health applications and fitness monitoring for their own prevention, and over one-third in Canada. Far fewer people in the United States and Ireland oppose the storage of their data: only 10% of respondents in Ireland and 14% in the United States see it critically.

Markus Drews, Chief Representative of Canada Life Germany, commented on the findings of the survey: "Digitization is well documented and people are now waiting for improvements in their health here. Clarity Survey of this that it happens to their data. "

About the study

The online survey "Life in 2029" examined the attitude towards digitization and health in Germany, Ireland, Canada and the United States. The results are representative of the population aged 18 and over in Germany, Ireland, the United States and Canada. Between April 17 and 25, 2019, 4,279 people were interviewed.

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