Telemedicine Embraced By Majority of U.S. Patients

It’s go-time for telemedicine. That’s according to a new report, the findings of which were shared recently with MHW.

According to the data at hand, more than half of all U.S. adults already are using live video technology for conversations or meetings, and 60 percent would be willing to use that technology for interactions with doctors and other health care professionals.

That’s the key takeaway from the study in question produced by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

In fact, more than two-thirds of adults indicated that they would use a live video meeting in some capacity to see a sleep specialist.

The survey of 1,001 U.S. adults shows that:

  • About half of U.S. adults are willing to use telemedicine to see their primary care physician
  • 68 percent are willing to use a live video visit to see a doctor who specializes in treating sleep disorders for either an initial consultation, follow-up appointment or therapy session

The comfort level and willingness to use telemedicine are higher among those who are college graduates, as well as those with higher incomes:

  • 72 percent of adults making more than $75,000 per year would use live video visits to see a health care professional
  • 77 percent of college grads would use live video visits in some capacity to see a sleep physician

“Telemedicine is impacting health care in all specialties, as patients want medical care when and where it is most convenient,” said AASM Executive Director Jerry Barrett. “This survey shows that patients are willing to use telemedicine to see sleep physicians, which will be important as the number of patients with a sleep disorder continues to rise.”

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