DARIEN, Ill. – A majority of U.S. adults would use video technology for interactions with doctors or other health professionals, according to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
“Telemedicine is impacting health care in all specialties, as patients want medical care when and where it is most convenient,” said Jerry Barrett, executive director of the AASM, in a statement.
The survey found that more than half of all U.S. adults are already using live video technology for conversations or meetings, and 60% would be willing to use that technology for their health care. More than two-thirds of adults indicated they would use a live video meeting to see a sleep specialist.
The survey of more than 1,000 adults also found that about half are willing to use telemedicine to see their primary care provider.
Younger adults ages 18-34 showed the greatest interest in telemedicine, the survey said, with 70% saying they would use live video to see a health care professional and 83% saying they would use live video to see a sleep specialist or treat a sleep disorder.
“We are encouraged by the survey findings, which show that telemedicine is generating strong interest among patients,” said Steve Van Hout, assistant executive director of AASM, in a statement.