Columbus, OH– Technology has not only advanced the amount of information we have at our fingertips, in our pockets and on our wrists. It has shifted how we incorporate that information into our everyday lives and what our expectations are from modern healthcare professionals.
Conversations of the past typically began with a patient’s symptoms and ended with a prescription from a physician’s playbook. Today’s conversations are often more of a patient-led conversation ending with treatment options that suit the unique needs of a specific patient, not just the “go-to” treatment option.
Patients want to feel as though their doctor is a partner in their healthcare, not merely a medical consultant. In fact, nearly half of patients say they prefer to partner with their doctors rather than have doctors simply make the decisions for them, and 34% strongly believe that doctors should encourage patients to raise questions.
With the ongoing rise of consumer wearables, patients are becoming more informed and data-driven in their actions. Thirty-two percent of patients with chronic conditions said they use technology to access, store and transmit health records. And 63% of US adults who use a fitness or health monitoring technology say that technology has led them to significant behavior change.
As healthcare becomes more and more consumer oriented and technologically savvy, physicians will be forced to adapt with a new type of patient. A patient that feels empowered to play a more active involvement in their own care.
Source: Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 2015 survey