Digital health research from the American Medical Association released today shows higher rates of digital health adoption among physicians over the past six years and provides insight into their expectations.
“The AMA survey illustrates the importance physicians place on validated digital health tools that improve health while simplifying the technological and administrative burdens faced every day in medicine,” said AMA President Dr. Dr. Jack Resneck Jr. in a statement.
“These technologies must also be designed and implemented in ways that promote health equity,” he added.
Physicians of all specialties adopting RPM tools
The purpose of the survey, which measured all ages and specialties, according to the AMA, was to investigate physicians’ motivations and requirements for incorporating digital health technologies and integrating them into their medical practices.
The number of clinicians who viewed the tools as an advantage grew from 85% in 2016 to 93% in 2022, citing improved clinical outcomes and work efficiency as the driving factors, followed by the ability to reduce stress and exhaustion, electronic medical record integrations, and data privacy guarantees.
The average number of digital health tools in use by a doctor increased from 2.2 in 2016 to 3.8 in 2022, with the largest growth in remote care tools.
Growth in the use of telehealth was most striking among the respondents. In 2016, 14% of physicians used telehealth, but that number increased to more than 80% in 2022.
Use of remote monitoring devices grew from 12% to more than 30% of physicians surveyed over the six years.
Doctors looking for digital therapies in the future
Currently, the use of emerging technologies such as augmented intelligence is low: one in five doctors currently integrates AI, while two in five plan to adopt the technologies in the next year.
digital therapeutics received the highest percentage for the digital tool that clinicians indicated they plan to implement.
“The physical The rate of adoption of digital health tools has accelerated as clinicians become increasingly optimistic about the benefits that properly designed digital health tools can have for patient care, if key requirements are met,” Resneck said.
Andrea Fox is a senior editor for Healthcare IT News.
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