This month’s AMA report polled clinicians regarding their perceptions of digital health. This year’s survey replicates similar surveys in 2016 and 2019. Some of the key findings are:
- There has been an increase in the percentage of clinicians who feel there are advantages in taking advantage of digital health solutions. The percentage of clinicians who feel digital health tools are an advantage for patient care grew from 85% in 2016 to 93% in 2022, and increases were measured across all clinicians regardless of age or specialty.
- The adoption of digital tools has grown significantly among all clinicians regardless of gender, specialty or age. The average number of digital health tools used by a physician increased from 2.2 in 2016 to 3.8 in 2022.
- Improved clinical outcomes and work efficiency are the most important factors influencing clinician interest in digital health tools. The ability to help reduce stress and fatigue has also gained importance as a major driver of digital tool adoption. Liability coverage remains the most important requirement for physician adoption of digital health tools followed by integration with their electronic health records and data privacy safeguards.
- The largest growth in adoption has been among digital health tools that assist with remote care. The proportion of physicians using remote/virtual visits grew from 14% in 2016 to 80% in 2022 while the proportion of physicians using remote monitoring devices increased from 12% in 2016 to 30% in 2022.
- The digital health tools with the most enthusiasm among clinicians are remote visits (57%) followed by telemonitoring devices (53%).
- Intentions are high for future adoption of emerging technologies, but current use is low.
- Two out of five physicians plan to adopt augmented intelligence in the next year, while nearly 1 in 5 physicians currently use augmented intelligence in their practices. While the current use of digital therapies is low, they have the highest percentage of planned establishment in the future.
You can read more about these results over here.