Below is a new infographic from GlaxoSmithKline: A Healthy Community | From a State of Mind to a State of Being. It’s based on a recent National Community Health Survey <http://atlanticlive.theatlantic.com/pr/CommunityHealth/PollResults.pdf> from The Atlantic, in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline, that found most Americans do not think their communities provide sufficient access to key resources for good health. It outlines the health resources Americans say are most important to support community health and compares their perceived level of access to the resources. The national survey, conducted by Penn, Schoen & Berland from January 12-20, 2013.
The survey found there continues to be a rapid evolution in how technology is changing the way people access healthcare. The survey suggests Americans want technology to become a bigger part of the healthcare system with 64 percent using online health resources and 94 percent of those saying the health/medical information they find online is important to their health. And yet only 12 percent of respondents have emailed or sent a text message to a physician regarding a health question.
According to the study, the younger population, in general, are far more prone to embrace and utilize health information technology (not surprising); however, this group also tends to place greater emphasis on removing face-to-face interaction with healthcare professionals and self-diagnosing their conditions.
Additional findings include:
- More than 1 in 3 young Americans are willing to have primarily online interaction with doctors. Young people (defined as those under age 30), Hispanics and upper-income Americans are most open to communicating with their doctor mainly through text messages or e-mails.
- Young people and Hispanics are eager to use web applications to help improve their health.
- 40 percent of Americans who use online resources self diagnose.
- 32 percent of Americans under 30 who use online health resources act on the information they find without consulting a medical professional.
- And significant proportions use health websites for purposes that would otherwise require doctors’ visits.