Technology continues to evolve at an exponential rate for many industries, including healthcare. In fact, a recent survey found that nearly one third of Americans are willing to be treated by a robot and 98 percent said they would receive robot care if it meant lower co-pays and health insurance costs.
The website CouponCodes4u surveyed 1,723 individuals aged 18 to 30, and discovered that 34 percent said they would opt for care from a remote presence virtual and independent telemedicine assistant robot (RP-VITA) if given a choice.
However, of the two thirds who said they prefer a real doctor, 81 percent explained that they wanted the human interaction while 59 percent said they felt more comfortable "asking personal and private" health questions to someone in person, rather than a remote doctor through a technical system.
Mark Pearson, chairman of CouponCodes4u, said in a company press release that, despite a majority of Americans not comfortable with treatment coming from a remote doctor or their medical information stored in the cloud, a larger issue is at hand.
"What is important to mention, however, is the high percentage of Americans who would try this new method of treatment if it meant lower co-payment and insurance costs," Pearson said. "With increasing numbers of Americans self-medicating and diagnosing problems to avoid going to the doctor, it is vital to see a healthcare professional as soon as possible if there are persistent problems."
While not all medical systems might be ready for fully integrated systems that take advantage of RP VITA, new technologies such as EHRs and e-prescriptions are increasingly popular. To ensure that an organization makes the transition smoothly in using those IT systems, medical facilities can partner with a firm specializing in healthcare IT consulting.