Patients increasingly use online info to make suggestions to their care plans, report finds

Sixty-five percent of consumers use online information to make suggestions to their physician about their respective care plans, according to a recent Rock Health report.

For its Digital Health Consumer Adoption Report 2019, Rock Health and the Stanford Medicine Center for Digital Health surveyed 4,000 U.S. adults on digital health adoption trends.

Four report insights:

1. In 2015, just 20 percent of consumers used online information to make suggestions to their care plans.

2. Of the consumers who searched for health information online in 2019, 58 percent used the information they learned to propose a diagnosis to a physician, 56 percent proposed a treatment plan to a physician and 53 percent asked a physician to prescribe or discontinue a specific drug.

3. Sixty-six percent of consumers who searched for providers online selected a provider based on online reviews.

4. Consumers are also turning to online patient communities to connect more outside the traditional patient-physician relationship, with 18 percent of consumers having participated in an online patient community in 2019.

To access the full report, click here.

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