There is a lot of buzz about how the internet will affect health care and ultimately health. Research, including surveys, help keep us grounded with facts. As part of the research base, the Pew Research Center released a survey on chronic disease patients’ use of the internet.
Yet another in our long series of weekend catchup on miscellaneous health care items that we missed in earlier commentaries, including telemedicine, smoking bans, engagement in wellness efforts, the cost of high-risk pools, telemedicine and getting results in health improvement programs.
The California HealthCare Foundation surveys consumers to ascertain attitudes toward health information technology. The results suggest that there is a high level of interest in using HIT but that few people either have access to core applications or have taken advantage of what is available.