Many Americans believe that over the past 10 years the Internet has changed the situation in the medical field, allowing them to better monitor their health.However, they complain that doctors do not use the concept of "e-health" (e-Health) and do not offer electronic services, so necessary for patients.One in three Americans believes that the Internet "has changed the way they look after their health."This is indicated by the results of a study conducted by Illuminas commissioned by Cisco.The survey was conducted among 4105 participants in the annual conference of the Society of medical information and management systems (Health Information and Management Systems Society, HIMSS) in New Orleans.
"The survey showed that the Internet has become an important means of caring for the health of citizens. However, we need to make great efforts in order to maximize extend network services that can dramatically improve the availability and quality of health care - said Dr. Jeffrey Rideout (Jeffrey Rideout), Seni
The study found also that:
· 62% of Americans use online health services in five main areas: assessment of symptoms and diagnosis (33%), the overall assessment of health and fitness (30%), attempt self-diagnosis (23%)getting more information on prescription (15%), independent testing of health (15%).
· Many Americans will appreciate the network of health services: 47 percent say "online services and information really help improve the health and well-being," and 43 percent believe that "the medical information received over the network is important for the evaluationstate of health ".Of those surveyed who believe that information technologies have improved their health, 80 percent said that it was mainly due to receipt of the necessary information.
· The most common Internet use for medical purposes a person with chronic diseases.Internet helps them to better monitor their condition and to control it.63 percent of people suffering from chronic diseases, say the "World Wide Web" has helped them to better cope with their problems.At the same time 27 percent of respondents use online tools to become "equal partners with doctors and make informed decisions about their health."
· Persons with chronic diseases are more likely to say that the Internet has changed their approach to health promotion (it shares the opinion of 41 percent of respondents).
· Many respondents are concerned about the safety issues of medical data transmitted over communication networks.39 percent consider this issue a major obstacle to the use of new technologies for health, 38 percent fear the loss of identity, 24 percent do not want anyone to use health information for discriminatory purposes.Among those with chronic diseases such concerns expressed 31 percent.
"Given the complexity of our health care system, it is not surprising that the introduction of new technologies meets here more resistance than in other industries - says Dr. Rideout. - At the same time the Americans are actively using new technologies to protect their health, and many medical facilitiesare beginning to pay attention to this fact. Cisco is ready to meet the wishes of society and modernize our systems, so that the country had a health care system that it deserves. "
Illuminas company conducted a survey in the period from 29 January to 14 February 2007 among 4105 adult respondents with a statistical error of +/- 1.5%.