A recent study from Butler/Till Health, which surveyed more than 200 U.S.-based healthcare providers – including gastroenterologists, hematologists, neurologists, and dermatologists – reveals that providers are largely on the fence about the effectiveness of virtual events, yet predict increased attendance as the economy restarts in such events after COVID-19.
The large majority of patient respondents to a survey by Doctor.com (83 percent) say they will likely use telemedicine even after the Covid-19 pandemic ends. 55 percent of patients are willing to use telemedicine to see new doctors, and 69 percent convey that “easy-to-use technology” would help them decide to make a telemedicine appointment.
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Finding, accessing, and paying for healthcare in America requires so much work that half of consumers surveyed by The Harris Poll have avoided seeking care. More than two-thirds of consumers said every step of the healthcare process is a chore, most said they don’t know how much a treatment or visit costs until months later, and nearly all said they want shopping for healthcare to be as easy as shopping for other common services – including making it a fully connected digital experience.
CVS Health officially launched Time for Care, a campaign that reinforces the importance of accessing primary health care. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have appropriately focused on staying home to keep themselves and others healthy. Although this kind of physical distancing is still an essential component of preventing the spread of COVID-19, CVS Health leaders developed Time for Care to emphasize that it is critical for people to continue prioritizing health care needs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fast-tracked adoption of many healthcare technologies, but there is still room for growth. Prior to COVID-19, only 11 percent of patients used telehealth services. According to data released in June, 67 percent said they are more likely to use telehealth services moving forward.