Medicine 2.0: Peer-to-peer healthcare
About 75% of adults and 95% teenagers in the U.S. have internet access.
However, adultsliving with chronic disease are significantly less likely than healthy adults to have access to the internet:
- 64% of adults living with one or more chronic disease go online.
- 81% of adults reporting no chronic diseases go online.
That’s one of the roadblocks to keep in mind. There are still pockets of
people who remain offline, but many of them have what we call second-degree
internet access. Their loved ones are online. Caregivers
represent an opportunity for the engagement of our elders and other people who remain offline.
Six in ten U.S. adults go online wirelessly, with a laptop, mobile device or
Eight in ten American adults have a cell phone.
Digging deeper into the data, 9 out of 10 adults in the U.S. say health professionals are more helpful than fellow patients, friends & family when it comes to getting an accurate medical diagnosis. The picture shifts when we ask about emotional support in dealing with a health issue: fellow patients, friends, and family are the much more popular choice. And it is an even split when it comes to practical advice for coping with day-to-day health situations: professional sources like doctors and nurses rank pretty much even with fellow patients, friends, and family. The bottom line is that the Internet does not replace health professionals. Continue reading