The enthusiasm for new medical technologies, such as electronic medical records and digital imaging equipment, comes despite only a minority of U.S. adults having actually experienced the advancements, Harris Interactive found in an online survey of more than 2,000 people.
Only 16 percent of the respondents reported that their doctor used an electronic medical record to capture their medical information, and only 14 percent said their physician used a personal digital device or a hand-held computer to record information. Even fewer, 5 percent, said they had experience with a home monitoring device that allowed them to send medical information, such as blood pressure readings or blood tests, to their doctor’s office via the telephone or e-mail.
Nevertheless, at least three quarters of the adults were either "strongly" or "somewhat" in favor of having doctors use these types of technologies. In addition, 7 in 10 said they favored the use of internal imaging to capture characteristics of patients' internal anatomy and use the information to identify them before releasing or using medical records.
The majority of respondents believed the new technologies provided value. Only 1 in 10 believed the advancements cost more money than they were worth, and an additional 23 percent said they weren't sure.
The Harris poll was conducted during the first week of October for The Wall Street Journal Online’s Health Industry Edition.