Report: Telemedicine Patients More Likely to be Urban, Affluent, Educated

Telemedicine users are more likely to have college degrees, be relatively affluent and live in an urban area, according to a report released by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

 

About 8 percent of Internet users in urban areas have used telemedicine services, compared with 4 percent in rural areas. Telemedicine users are also five times more likely to hold a college degree (10 percent) than not have finished high school (2 percent). Additionally, 11 percent of Internet users living in households with annual incomes above $100,000 have engaged in telemedicine activities, almost three times the usage rate of those living in households making under $25,000 (4 percent).

 

Researchers note that the low overall usage rates show telemedicine to still be in its infancy.

 

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