A new study published online June 24 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found that "Thirty-seven percent of participants said they'd e-mailed their doctor in the past six months, and 18% had reached out through Facebook. Those most likely to reach out to their doctor electronically were non-whites, people younger than 45, and those with higher incomes. Caregivers and patients with chronic illnesses were also more likely to use e-mail or Facebook to communicate with their doctor.
People with less education and lower incomes were less likely to reach out to their doctor online. Accessing health information electronically is also preferred, the survey results revealed. Up to 57% of respondents reported wanting to use their doctors' websites for this purpose. About 46% also wanted to track their health progress or access health information through e-mail."
Do you have email contact with any of your medical team or are you able to access your health information electronically? Would you like to do so? My haematologist has supported me with email contact for many years and that has been much appreciated when I've needed urgent specialist advice. I also provide my haematologist with an updated plot of my important blood count information prior to my appointments. I find that helps us make more effective use of the limited consult time, but I'm also aware that this is a privilege extended by my specialist which is not billed, so I'm careful to respect that privilege.
Australia is slowly introducing an eHealth system which I joined several years ago, but I'm still waiting for it to be of any use to me.