Just 4% of older adults use telehealth, survey finds

Jackie Drees - Print  | 

Only 4 percent of adults ages 50 to 80 had a telehealth visit in the past year, according to recent Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan survey.

For its National Poll on Health Aging, University of Michigan surveyed a national sample of adults in May about their personal experiences with telehealth.

While 14 percent of poll participants said that their healthcare providers offer telehealth visits, 55 percent of respondents said they did not know if their providers do and 31 percent indicated their providers don't offer telehealth.

When asked about their concerns regarding telehealth visits, respondents listed the following:

· Provider wouldn't be able to do a physical exam: 71 percent.
· Quality of care not as good as face-to-face visit: 68 percent.
· Privacy: 49 percent.
· Not feeling personally connected to the clinician: 49 percent.
· Difficulty using the technology: 47 percent.
· Difficulty seeing or hearing the clinician: 39 percent.

To access the full report, click here.

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