Archive for December 18th, 2007

Physician Internet Use – 39% Email Patients

December 18, 2007

In a survey by Jupiter Research reported by iHealthbeat, the range of Internet usage is reported with some changes since one year ago. 89% this year vs 75% the previous year reported using the Internet for researching clinical information. While this doesn’t imply diagnosis via Google, it does show a continued growth toward the physician not using the Internet as the exception.  Reading journals and communication with colleagues also showed increases – could this imply the future of the medical journal and hope for physician social networking, as in Sermo and Within3?

Finally, patient-oriented activities, while not scoring as high, had respectable increases – 69% searching for patient education materials and 39% (almost double in one year) emailing patients, we hope securely.

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