Questions about Your Health? Before You Go Online, Ask Your Doctor
Posted on Jan 15, 2013 in Expanding Access
Survey Shows 35% of Americans Conduct Online Searches for Medical Conditions
A new report by the Pew Research Center finds that 35% of U.S. adults say they go online specifically to conduct research on trying to figure out what medical conditions they or someone else might have.
While online research may help explain the source of certain symptoms or conditions, medical experts within the Sutter Health network encourage patients to be active partners with their doctors. Sutter Health not only offers patients secure online and mobile access to their electronic medical records through My Health Online, but patients can e-message their care team any time of day when they have questions about their health.
“The Internet can be a helpful tool for you to prepare questions for an upcoming visit with your physician, but online medical research should never replace the personal relationship between you and your doctor,” said Dr. Louis Wu, chief medical officer, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “Your physician is a trusted resource who knows your health history and is a partner with you to improve your health and wellness.”
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