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AMA Survey Finds Physicians Enthusiastic About Digital Health Innovation

Physicians are optimistic about digital health innovation and its game-changing potential to benefit medicine, according to a new survey released by the American Medical Association (AMA). While there is broad-based optimism, physicians tell the AMA there are "must-haves" that digital health tools need to turn their enthusiasm into adoption.

The physician survey was conceived by AMA and conducted by Kantar TNS, one of the world's largest research agencies, to investigate physician motivations, current usage, and expectations for integrating digital health tools into their practices. The survey of 1,300 physicians was administered from July 7–18, and covers a broad range of digital health tools, including telemedicine and telehealth, mobile health, wearable, remote monitoring, mobile applications (apps), and others.

Among the key findings, the physician survey showed the following:

Physicians have reason for great optimism in the future of digital health as the AMA helps physicians take on a greater role in leading changes that will move technological innovations forward.

"The AMA is dedicated to shaping a future when digital health tools are evidence based, validated, interoperable, and actionable," says AMA Immediate Past President Steven J. Stack, MD. "To make this prospect a reality in the near term, the AMA is ensuring that physicians play a greater role in leading digital health innovations that expand the bounds of science, enhance patient care, shape a better health care system, and improve the health of the nation."

Recent AMA efforts to advance digital health innovation that is patient centered, evidence based, interoperable, and outcomes focused, include the following:

Through its ongoing work, the AMA is providing opportunities for physicians to engage in innovation and share their ideas, expertise, and real-world perspective on the effectiveness of technology in medical practice settings. From revitalizing medical practices to ensuring that digital health helps provide high-quality patient care, the AMA is striving to help physicians navigate and succeed in a continually evolving health care environment.

Learn more on how the AMA is assisting physicians in using advanced technologies by visiting its digital health website.

Source: American Medical Association