Survey: 65 percent want doctors to add tech tools to care plans

By Aditi Pai
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TelcareSome 58 percent of people with diabetes want to use technology to track their diets, according to an online survey of 2,535 American adults, conducted by Telcare through SurveyMonkey. Of those surveyed, 16 percent had diabetes, 61 percent knew someone living with diabetes, and 21 percent cared for someone with diabetes.

Respondents living with diabetes were also two times more likely to connect with their doctors because of something they learned through a health app.

Some 52 percent of respondents said they trust technology and 57 percent trust technology when it's paired with the expertise of medical professionals. While 85 percent of people with diabetes trust technology, a smaller number of diabetes patients' caretakers, 76 percent, trust technology.

The survey also found that 65 percent of people want doctors to incorporate technology into their recommended care plans for them and 71 percent reported they would use technology to track their fitness goals.

When Telcare carved out responses from millennial respondents, they found that 77 percent are interested in using technology to track their family’s health and fitness, and 55 percent of millennials with diabetes communicate with their doctors more often because of health apps.