“Poll: Most Older Adults Wary of Telemedicine”

Poll: Most Older Adults Wary of Telemedicine,” Futurity

“Of those surveyed, only 4% had had a video-based telehealth visit with a doctor via smartphone or computer in the past year. They had mixed reactions. Meanwhile, more than half of all those polled didn’t even know if their health providers offer telehealth visits at all. More than 80% of older adults polled expressed at least one concern about seeing a doctor or other provider virtually rather than in person. And 47% worried about getting the technology to work. But more than half said they’d be willing to try telehealth in some situations, for instance if they got sick while traveling or needed follow-up on previous care. The poll involved a national sample of more than 2,250 adults aged 50 to 80 who answered questions about many aspects of video-based telehealth.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):

Better get used to it.