Consumer Survey Data Supports Use of Virtual Visits

Center for Connected Health Policy

July 2021

The top reasons patients said they liked having their appointments virtually was because of the ease in attending, reduced chance of getting COVID-19, and that it made scheduling and sharing medical information easier.

The Deloitte Center for Technology, Media & Telecommunications released the second edition of their Connectivity and & Mobile Trends 2021 survey, which gathered information from consumers about their relevant experiences during the pandemic. Using an online methodology of over two thousand consumers surveyed in March 2021, the report looks broadly at how the pandemic has influenced innovation and the “digital home,” including the increase in virtual doctor visits and patient telehealth preferences. In regard to telehealth, they found that over half of Americans had a virtual visit, 80% of those patients were satisfied with their experiences, and 62% were likely to schedule future telehealth visits post-pandemic. Almost 30% of consumers reported assisting someone else in their household with a telehealth visit. The top reasons patients said they liked having their appointments virtually was because of the ease in attending, reduced chance of getting COVID-19, and that it made scheduling and sharing medical information easier. While 30% of consumers reported no challenges, others did report they found the lack of human connection challenging, as well as the inability to have their vitals collected which was indicated more frequently among older patients.

The report also looked at individual use of “wearables” to advance health and wellness, presuming their ability to support health care providers will continue to grow along with telehealth – although the authors also stated both will likely require the evolution of the regulatory landscape. Interestingly enough, use of wearables was actually found to be mixed during the pandemic and 39% said cost is the primary reason they haven’t bought one. Also, of note for those that had used wearables was that 60% claimed not to be concerned about privacy of their wearable-generated data, which is often raised as one of the main regulatory concerns related to increased innovation in health care.

To review additional details about the information gathered, please view the findings in their entirety - https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/insights/articles/6978_TMT-Connectivity-and-mobile-trends/DI_TMT-Connectivity-and-mobile-trends.pdf#page=8.