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Survey Reveals People Believe Technology Will Drive Healthcare in the Future

Update Date: Dec 09, 2013 03:45 PM EST
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In a new survey conducted by Intel Corporation, researchers discovered that the majority of people believe that technology will drive the healthcare system in the future. The "Intel Health Innovation Barometer" revealed that people across the global world believe that technology will cure fatal diseases in the future. Furthermore, the survey found that people are willing to participate by incorporating technology into their medical visits and care.

"This survey indicates very high willingness of people to become part of the solution to the world's healthcare problems with the aid of all sorts of technologies," said Eric Dishman, Intel fellow and general manager of the company's Health and Life Sciences Group according to the Wall Street Journal. "Most people appear to embrace a future of healthcare that allows them to get care outside hospital walls, lets them anonymously share their information for better outcomes, and personalizes care all the way down to an individual's specific genetic makeup."

The researchers found that people were very willing to participate in improving the healthcare system. 84 percent of the people stated that they would share their personal health information in order to improve healthcare and reduce costs. Over 70 percent of them stated that they would be open to using toilet sensors and prescription bottle sensors, and swallowing health monitors for the sake of research. 72 percent of the people stated that they would be okay with a video conference doctor appointment if the medical situation is not urgent.

When it came to medical care administration, 53 percent stated that they would trust the medical results of tests that they conducted themselves. 30 percent of them stated they confidently believe that they can perform an ultrasound on themselves. 57 percent of the people surveyed stated that they believe traditional hospitals could become obsolete in the future. The researchers found that a lot of people supported technology because they believed that technology could help create personalized care. 66 percent of the people wanted a personalized health care regimen based on their own genetic profile or biology.

"Care must occur at home as the default model, not in a hospital or clinic," said Dishman. "New technologies can bring decision support, health monitoring and health coaches into the home. It was also interesting to see that people in emerging markets such as Brazil, China and India trusted themselves to use health monitoring technologies more than those in more technologically advanced economies such as Japan and the United States."

The barometer can be found here.

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