Blog spotlight: Constant contact: Will a text message really keep a patient healthy?

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

October 16, 2012

A survey of 1,001 adults across the U.S. found that many patients expect text messages, emails, and smartphone alerts from their physicians, regardless of whether or not they are sick, according to an article at Healthcare IT News. Nearly 70% of respondents claim that their physicians have never checked on them when they were healthy, and 50% of respondents felt that tips, reminders, and encouragement sent electronically could have helped prevent a previous health problem. The responses call into question whether the patient or the physician bears greater responsibility for a patient’s health, and if the survey is any indication, the majority of patients feel that it is the physician who is primarily responsible for keeping them healthy.

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