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How Digital Diagnosis with Internet and Smartphones empowers patients [INFOGRAPHIC]

My dear colleague ET Russel referred me to MDG Advertising’s latest infographic that illustrates how patients are becoming more empowered in their healthcare decisions and how physicians and healthcare marketers are evolving with this digital direction. How can this progress impact (clinical) social work? Share your thoughts in the comments.

The infographic shows that patients are now much more digitally active in their healthcare. Research reveals that 72 percent of U.S. adults have gone online to seek healthcare information in the last year, while one-third have searched the Web to figure out certain medical issues. The graphic shows that women are more inclined to seek health answers online and that more than 55 percent of medical Web searches are about specific diseases, 43 percent are related to medical treatments, and that weight loss and health insurance each account for one-quarter of Web inquiries. It also points out that patients are coming together on social media sites to form communities for sharing their experiences, resources, and research. As a result, 40 percent of patients have posted comments about personal health experiences and 30 percent have consulted online reviews of healthcare services.

The Digital Diagnosis [Infographic]

Infographic by MDG Advertising via The Digital Diagnosis [Infographic] | How Search and Mobile Have Impacted Healthcare and Healthcare Marketing.


One comment on “How Digital Diagnosis with Internet and Smartphones empowers patients [INFOGRAPHIC]

  1. Kat Cormack
    March 28, 2013

    Reblogged this on Insight: A blog by Kat Cormack and commented:
    Very interesting!

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This entry was posted on March 24, 2013 by in Health, INFOGRAPHIC, Science, Social Media, Women and tagged , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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