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Survey: U.S. Patients Want To Use Technology To Manage Their Care

A large majority of U.S. consumers say they want to use technology to manage their health care, according to a survey by Accenture, FierceHealthIT reports (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 6/22).

The survey is based on an online poll of 1,100 U.S. residents conducted between March 30 and April 4 (Accenture release, 6/20).

Survey Findings

The survey found that 72% of respondents said they want to be able to book, cancel or change their physician appointment online.

Seventy-three percent of respondents said they prefer to use a mobile device to request refills of prescriptions, the study found.

The survey also found that:

    90% of respondents said they prefer the Internet to other sources when accessing health information and education;
    88% said they want to receive email reminders about preventive or follow-up care;
    76% said they want the option of having email consultations with physicians;
    48% said they want their physicians to manage their electronic health records; and
    44% said they want to manage their own EHRs.

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