A new survey conducted by Intuit Health has found that 70 percent of Americans are at least somewhat concerned about the cost of their healthcare bills and worry about how they will afford them. In fact, 62 percent said that the expenses had increased in 2010 and two-thirds estimate that this trend will continue over the next year.
"Patient anxiety is rising. They want some measure of control, convenience and better communication with their doctor," said Steve Malik, president and general manager of Intuit Health. "Doctors who offer secure online solutions can meet this patient demand while increasing office efficiency and enhancing the doctor-patient relationship. In addition, online solutions, like a patient portal, have proven to improve staff and patient satisfaction levels."
This indicates that the biggest demand by patients may be in-home care. Those who are interested in staying independent – and out of the hospital – may want to invest in a personal emergency response system. This device can be used to send an instant medical alert to hospitals if one needs assistance, so that it's possible to live at home with a health condition.
Accessing a doctor online may be becoming more common, but it remains a trend that is more popular among younger adults – 59 percent of millenials said that they would switch doctors with better technology while only 29 percent of baby boomers said the same.