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Trends in Individuals Use of Health IT: 2012 - 2014

Almost Half of Americans used a Selected Type of Health IT in 2014
2014

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Summary:

Individuals use of certain types of information technology to interact with their health care provider, view their personal health information, and track their health and wellness grew significantly between 2013 and 2014. The percent of individuals who use text messaging to communicate with their health care provider continues to grow, as 18% of individuals say they do so, triple the rate from 2012. Communication between patient and provider through e-mail rose as well in 2014, as nearly one-third do so, compared to less than 1 in 4 individuals in 2013. Individuals use of their accessible personal health information grew, as over 1 in 5 of individuals looked at any of their medical test results online in 2014, a nearly 50% increase from 2013. Use of mobile health applications also rose, as 17% of individuals used a smart phone health application in 2014. Individuals’ use of one or more of these types of IT significantly grew between 2013 and 2014, from 39 to 48%.

This quick stat updates data released in ONC Data Brief, 'Disparities in Individuals' Access and Use of Health IT'.

Source:

2012-2014 Consumer Survey of Attitudes Toward the Privacy and Security Aspects of Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchange.

Notes:

[1] *Significantly different from prior year (p < .05)

[2] Sent or received a text message from their health care provider: percent of individuals who sent or received a text message from their health care provider.

[3] Used a smart phone health application: percent of individuals who used a smart phone health application.

[4] Looked at any of their medical test results online: percent of individuals who looked at any of their medical test results online.

[5] Sent or received an e-mail message from their health care provider: percent of individuals who sent or received an e-mail message from their health care provider.

[6] Used any of the selected types of IT: percent of individuals who used any of these selected types of information technology.

Suggested Citation:

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. 'Trends in Individuals Use of Health IT: 2012 - 2014,' Health IT Quick-Stat #46. dashboard.healthit.gov/quickstats/pages/FIG-Individuals-Health-IT-Use.php. June 2015.