The top 8 reasons physicians say they won't use virtual care

An estimated nine out of 10 physicians see the benefit of virtual care technologies, although many also voice concerns about their current functionalities, according to a new survey from audit and consulting firm Deloitte.

Deloitte polled 624 primary care and specialty physicians from across the U.S. about their attitudes toward telehealth technologies — including email, video and remote patient monitoring — and what health systems can do to encourage physicians to embrace virtual care.

Here are eight reasons physicians said they wouldn't use virtual care technologies:

1. Potential medical errors: 36 percent

2. Workplace doesn't offer these technologies: 35 percent

3. Security and privacy of patient information: 33 percent

4. Patients aren't interested or don't have the technology to support virtual care: 23 percent

5. Won't work with current practice workflow: 22 percent

6. Increased practice costs: 18 percent

7. Aren't interested: 8 percent

8. Don't see a need to add to practice: 5 percent

Eleven percent of respondents indicated none of these options captured their concerns about adopting virtual care technologies.

To access Deloitte's survey, click here.

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