The supply-side of healthcare DIY is growing, with the advancement of Castlight Health through its $100mm VC influx and Cakehealth’s new version for managing health spending online. Consumer demand is growing, too, for these services.

But don’t get over-hyped by the healthcare, everywhere, scenario. Health citizens also demand face-to-face time with their physicians and clinicians, evidenced by a survey from Accenture titled, Is healthcare self-service online enough to satisfy patients?

The answer is a clear, “no.”

90% of U.S. adults like the idea of digital health self-service, 83% want online access to personal health information, 72% want to book appointments online, as well as do e-Prescribing. Email and mobile are also important channels for self-service healthcare, as shown in the graph.

Health Populi’s Hot Points: Consider how people project-manage their reading these days. While many consumers enjoy their Kindle and Nook e-readers, they’ll still delight in going into a bricks-and-mortar Barnes & Noble or, if they’re lucky enough to have an independent bookseller in their community, one of those dying breeds of mom-and-pop shops. It’s still wonderful to hold a book-book, to sample some pages, before buying an e-book from the cloud.

Health consumers do second opinions via online, via Google and expert blogs from physicians and patient-people-like-me, and on social networks crowdsourcing health data at CureTogether, PatientsLikeMe, and WEGOHealth, among other citizen-health sites. But patients live in a health ecosystem with physicians and pharmacies, worksite clinics and retail clinics, school-based health and White Glove house calls. Health care is project-managed each day on a variety of platforms via many channels, some “live” in an office, some via videoconference, and still others via mobile.

Face-time with physicians and care providers is still highly valued by patients. Increasingly, doctors, as they grow their embrace of value-based health plans and being paid by performance and outcomes, and not for volume of patients seen in the office, will be educating patients about their options for healthcare, any- and every-where.

2 Comments on Self-service healthcare: patients like online and mobile access, but still want F2F time

DIY Healthcare: Going Beyond WebMD | Consumer Media Network said : Guest Report 9 years ago

[...] healthcare providers, others see DIY healthcare as a mixed blessing. Healthcare blog Health Populi stated that “self-service healthcare” is not enough to provide a comprehensive patient care. [...]

Sprig Health said : Guest Report 9 years ago

The DIY health care model has the opportunity to change the way health care is consumed. The biggest challenges moving forward will be educating the patients about different services and making sure they are booking those that aligns with their health needs.

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