Doctors have no shortage of tools in their modern arsenals of medication, but the simplest of resources – technology – remains vastly underutilized when it comes to providing a critical component of healthcare: sharing information with patients.
According to the findings of a new survey by Vanguard Communications, few doctors meet patient info needs online.
Following a January 15 research report by Pew Research Center revealing that 35 percent of Americans use the Internet to figure out a medical condition, an independent survey by Vanguard Communications found that only one-third of physicians in three American cities offer direct website help to health care consumers trying to understand their symptoms.
The findings went on to show that:
- 300 urology, orthopedic surgeons and obstetricians-gynecologists with “100-percent patient satisfaction” ratings (as ranked by users on HealthGrades.com) from Boston, Denver and Portland, Ore. were chosen as the physician sample
- Seven out of ten: The rate of the studied physicians who were part of a website published by either a private practice or a hospital
- 45 percent, 35 percent, 26 percent: OB/GYN doctors provided some patient-friendly online information 45 percent of the time, while orthopedic (35 percent) and urology (26 percent) specialists furnished less relevant information for consumers
- 4 percent: The portion of physicians writing blogs on their websites to update patients on research and trends that could affect their health
The team at Vanguardd published a comprehensive slate of data culled from the survey. To learn more, click here.