Tuesday, August 9, 2016

18% of Seniors Looked Online for Health Information in 2014

JAMA recently released a review of the National Health and Aging Trends Study on trends in seniors' use of digital healthcare tools. Here are some key findings from the report:

·         18% of senior survey participants got health information online in 2014.

·         3 in 5 adults of all ages consult the internet for health information at least once a year.

·         7% of seniors used the Internet to get in touch with their doctors in 2011.

·         College graduates were 7x more likely to handle health online than seniors who didn't finish high school.

·         Seniors with "excellent" health were twice as likely to go online than were seniors with "poor" health.

·         In 2011, 8% of seniors said they filled prescriptions online.

Source: JAMA, August 2, 2016

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