75% of patients research their condition before hospital visit + 5 other findings on tech use for health

A recent survey from the University of Phoenix shows patients are using technology to take control of their health.

The September survey, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix, involved 2,006 U.S. adults. Of those surveyed, 1,215 had been a patient in the last three months.

Six findings:

1. Eighty-six percent of respondents said they feel the more information they can provide about their condition, the better treatment they'll receive from their healthcare professional.

2. Seventy-five percent of respondents said they research their condition before a hospital visit.

3. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said new technology and self-diagnosing tools such as wearables, websites and online chats have made them feel more empowered about their personal health.

4. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they often feel they are more knowledgeable than their healthcare professionals.

5. Sixty-one percent of respondents said they communicate/interact through an online patient/healthcare provider portal.

6. Half of respondents said they use a wearable fitness tracker.


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