Technology has helped, not hurt, the physician-patient relationship: report

Not only do more than half of patients credit digital health tools with fostering a stronger connection with their primary care providers, but nearly 70 percent also wish technology could play an even greater role in healthcare delivery, a new report finds.

Digital health company ResMed and Edelman Intelligence surveyed 3,000 Americans about their use of and confidence in digital health technology. The resulting "Future of Connected Care" report found that while 56 percent of patients already monitor their own health with at least one digital tool and many rely on internet searches for at-home diagnosis and treatment, the vast majority still value their relationships with physicians.

As for how technology could better facilitate those relationships, 47 percent of respondents said they would like to communicate with physicians via online messaging, 41 percent through an app and 38 percent via video chat. These and other digital health solutions would ideally be used to share real-time medical information, assist physicians with diagnosis and treatment options and maintaining health outside of the hospital, according to respondents.

View the survey results here.

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