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What Information Are We Willing To Share To Improve Healthcare? (Graphic: Business Wire)

Sharing Information for Good

People indicated willingness to share their information to advance the field of medicine and lower costs for all. The survey revealed an overwhelming majority of people (84 percent) globally would anonymously share their personal health information, such as lab results, if it could lower medication costs or overall cost to the healthcare system.

“Improving healthcare is a team effort, including patients and their families,” added Dishman. “Intel’s research shows when people see benefits for them and their wider community, they are open to sharing sensitive information in anonymous ways.”

A higher percentage of people said they are more willing to share their health records (47 percent) than their phone records (38 percent) or banking information (30 percent) to aid innovation.

Hospital at Home

Fifty-seven percent of people believe traditional hospitals will be obsolete in the future. Technology innovation holds the promise of unburdening people from having to see a healthcare provider in person for many aspects of their healthcare management, liberating people from the conventional restraints of time and location.

“Care must occur at home as the default model, not in a hospital or clinic,” said Dishman. “New technologies can bring decision support, health monitoring and health coaches into the home. It was also interesting to see that people in emerging markets such as Brazil, China and India trusted themselves to use health monitoring technologies more than those in more technologically advanced economies such as Japan and the United States.”

Seventy-two percent of those surveyed are willing to see a doctor via video conference for non-urgent appointments. As remote healthcare technology and self-monitoring tools improve, people may embrace technologies that will allow them to connect with their caregivers in new ways, such as sensor technology that transmits health data in real time. Today’s technologies such as social networks and video conferencing can help people embrace new behaviors.

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