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Deloitte Survey Finds Healthy Consumer Demand For Electronic Health Records, Online Tools and Services
Date:4/6/2009

to support the adoption of electronic medical records by doctors, hospitals and health plans (2 in 10 oppose). Support is highest among Gen Y (44 percent); Gen X (43 percent); and seniors (43 percent).
  • Sixty-eight percent are interested in home or remote monitoring devices that permit them to monitor their conditions and electronically report it to their physicians; interest is particularly high among seniors (78 percent) and those with chronic conditions (75 percent).
  • Thirty percent of prescription medication users say they purchased medications online or through mail order in the previous 12 months; Medicaid enrollees were the most likely to report this (37 percent).
  • Forty-one percent of all consumers say they'd be likely to order medications online or by mail order if they were to develop a health condition that required regular medication.

  • According to additional Deloitte analysis, "Reducing Costs While Improving the U.S. Health Care System: The Health Care Reform Pyramid" (www.deloitte.com/us/healthreformpyramid), the investment of $50 billion for HIT over five years, to which the administration has pledged $19 billion in the stimulus package, has the potential to achieve net-present-value (NPV) savings as high as $90 billion over 10 years. The advantages of personalized medicine in tandem with comparative effectiveness and HIT could achieve NPV savings as high as $140 billion over 10 years.

    "Hospital executives will need to work side by side with their physicians to kick the tires on selecting a system's clinical knowledge management tools and exploring how algorithms are designed, how patient values are incorporated and interpreted into prompts to doctors and nurses," added Rudish. "Ultimately, it's the clinical processes - diagnoses and treatments - where the ROI
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