According to a FierceHealthcare article today, “online health information … likely will supplant doctors as the primary source of health information as consumers grow more eHealth savvy.” This conclusion is based on information contained in Manhattan Research’s most recent Cybercitizen Health U.S. survey which found that “About 169 million U.S. adults (or 72 percent of all adults) went online to research a health question in 2010, compared with 63 million in 2002.”
The article states that “information found online may lead the patient to skip seeing a doctor”. The Cybercitizen survey found that “Some 99 million U.S. adults did at least one of the following after finding health information online:
- Challenged their doctor’s treatment or diagnosis.
- Asked that their doctor change the treatment.
- Discussed information found online at an appointment.
- Used the Internet instead of going to the doctor.
- Made a healthcare decision based on online information.