As part of our work in digital transformation and technology we perform ongoing research to find the real and current sentiment of the U.S population on topics ranging from Telehealth to Hospitality to Voter ID.
In our research on demand and acceptance of telehealth and telemedicine services amidst COVID-19 during the summer of 2020, 97% of people said that at least some of their past doctors visits could have been done virtually and that over 80%, if given the option, would choose telemedicine for their next medical appointment.
Since summer demand and acceptance for telemedicine has continued to grow. In fact, according to a March 2021 article in HealthCare Finance, “almost 88% of Americans want to continue using telehealth for nonurgent consultations after COVID-19 has passed.”
In addition mobile and technology companies are joining forces to provide access to virtual care for underserved communities, as is shown in this April 27, 2021 press release from T-Mobile.
Full press release with more detail on the survey is below, and to read a Q&A with Darren Sommer, founder and CEO at Innovator Health, on Telemedicine and technology, click HERE.
New Survey Reveals High Demand for Telemedicine
August 2020 Survey Reveals 81% Would Choose Telemedicine for Next Medical Appointment
CONWAY, Ark. and JONESBORO, Ark. August 20, 2020 – Metova, a leading provider of custom software solutions for mobile, web, connected home and car, and Internet of Things (IoT) for the private and public sector and Innovator Health, a leading provider of Telehealth and Telemedicine solutions, today announced the results of a new survey of over 1000 people in the United States on Telemedicine – a technology that’s reviving the house Call During the Covid-19 Epidemic. Notably, the survey found, 80%, if given the option, would choose telemedicine for their next medical appointment, 79% have wanted to connect with a medical professional using video conferencing and 93% were either satisfied or very satisfied with their telemedicine experience.
For a freely reusable, downloadable infographic summarizing Metova’s July 2020 Telemedicine survey, visit: https://Metova.com/infographic-telemedicine/
“81% say they would choose telemedicine for their next consultation and 97% say that at least some of their past doctors visits could have been done virtually. It’s clear that the majority is ready for Telemedcine – if they aren’t already using it,” said Jonathan Sasse, president at Metova. “With many wishing to avoid medical waiting rooms due to COVID-19, we’re expecting an acceleration in demand for telemedicine. Fortunately, technology now provides the means to provide patients with no-compromise personal consultations, all from the comfort and safety of the patients home.”
“The demand, acceptance and necessity for telemedicine is here now, but there are still reservations that a telemedicine encounter may be inferior to an in-person visit,” said Dr. Darren Sommer, founder and CEO at Innovator Health. “With new technology solutions, medical providers can deliver high-impact services that are equal to, if not better than, traditional in-person visits – leveraging technology to revive the house call, at a time when we most need it.”
To read a Q&A with Darren Sommer, founder and CEO at Innovator Health, on Telemedicine and technology, visit: http://Metova.com/telemedicine-2020/
Metova’s July 2020 Telemedicine Survey:
- 81% would choose telemedicine for their next consultation If given the option
- 79% have wanted to connect with a medical professional using video conferencing
- 96% would find it useful if their doctor or insurance company provided medical equipment to ensure a more productive telemedicine appointment. (i.e. blood pressure, temperature, etc., to provide vital readings during the session)
- 97% say that at least some of their past doctors visits could have been done virtually
- 65% say that most (47%) or all (17%) of their past doctors visits could have been done virtually
- Almost two-thirds feel telemedicine is better then in-person visits for the same type of medical appointments (only 13% think it is worse)
- Over 80%, if given the option, would choose telemedicine for their next medical appointment
- Nearly 70% have had a video consultation with a medical professional and nearly 40% of those had their first telemedicine experience since the COVID-19 pandemic began
Additional Metova technology and culture sentiment surveys include: Contact Tracing and COVID-19, Working From Home Due to COVID-19, Internet of Things, Mobile First, the Connected Car and Smartphones and Healthcare.