Demand for Online Health Services

September 12, 2006

According the the Wall Street Journal, a survey of consumers indicates that 64% want access to an electronic health
record; 74% want to communicate with their physician via e-mail; 77% want e-mail reminders when they should schedule a physician visit or some other type of medical care. And 54%  said an EHR would influence their choice between physicians. However, equal percentages do not have access to these services currently.

So the question is, how do we enable the general public who want these services to obtain them?  A few ways:  providers offer these services, more education of consumers of options to obtain these services through providers, payors or other online offerings.  With this kind of response, it appears that the concerns about security by consumers have lowered enough to encourage acceptance of these services.

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