Survey: 27% of Patients Use Web-Based HIT to Circumvent Physician Visits

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Consumers in the United States believe that web-enabled mobile health is part of their healthcare solutions and is key to living longer lives, according to a survey commissioned by Royal Philips Electronics.

Philips commissioned Opinion Research Corporation to conduct a survey among a national sample of 1,003 adults, comprising 503 men and 500 women aged 18 years and older, living in the continental United States.

Key findings from the survey include:

• One in 10 Americans (11 percent) surveyed believe that web-based health information has saved their life or kept them from severe incapacitation.
• A quarter of the survey respondents have used symptom checker websites or home-based diagnosis technology as much as they have visited a physician.
• Twenty-seven percent of survey respondents admitted to using interactive, web-based health technologies rather than visiting a physician.
• More than one-third of respondents said they believe technology that allows one to monitor his/her own health is the key to living a long life.

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