Expert Urges Caution Against Insurers Offering Discounts for Fitness Trackers

Expert Urges Caution Against Insurers Offering Discounts for Fitness Trackers

Insurers in the US are reportedly offering discounts and incentives to customers that regularly wear a fitness tracker and engage in fitness activities. However, an expert cautioned that such companies may be getting more out of the data than what they compensate the customer for.

Andrew Boyd, an assistant professor of biometrics and health information at the University of Illinois at Chicago recently weighed in on the matter and said that consumers should know the type of information their trackers are revealing about them and how the information will be used.

Boyd also cautioned that if ever Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, insurers could use the fitness data they have collected to deny customers coverage based on a medical condition that the tracker detects.

Source: NPR

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