62% reported using online health tools.
56% reported improvement in their health management due to personal technology.
2% of patients with chronic diseases thought that online health tools had
improved their management.
One third of patients thought that online tools enabled them to be an 'equal partner with my care providers in making health
62% reported that they would go to their personal physician for information and advice; 44% said they sought information and advice on medical Web sites; 32% said that found healthcare information and advice through an online search.
The Internet ranked as number 3 among the top 5 sources for
62% said that their physician did not utilize the Internet to manage their health.
Among ways respondents said that their physicians do utilize the Internet include: direct e-mail communication with patients; scheduling of appointments; offering a way to check on practice and credentials on a Web site.
27% thought their physician fully embraced the Internet.
Only 11% of physicians communicate by e-mail even though 45% of
Americans would like this method of contact.
34% of patients wanted to access lab results by a secure Web site while only 7% stated that they had this option.
33% would like to schedule appointments online but only 7% said that this was currently available to them.
40% of patients had privacy concerns with the use of the Internet. A quarter of patients were concerned that private medical information could be used inappropriately.
Interesting statistics about people's use of the internet and what they would like.
I was surprised that 45% would like to have a physician's email.
I do this only with my major surgical patients.