POST SUMMARY: According to the Pew Internet Project, 72 percent of US internet users look up health-related information online. But an astonishing number of the pages we visit to learn about private health concerns—confidentially, we assume—are tracking our queries, sending the sensitive data to third party corporations, even shipping the information directly to the same brokers who monitor our credit scores. It’s happening for profit, for an “improved user experience,” and because developers have flocked to “free” plugins and tools provided by data-vacuuming companies.
POST SUMMARY: Less than 10% of those surveyed use the web, email or text to set up appointments with doctors. And only 21% use the web to look at their health data. This lack of modern technology could at least partly be responsible for challenges around preventative care in America, as 40% of respondents said they receive no ongoing care recommendations from their physician.
POST SUMMARY: While your web analytics might indicate that you are getting a lot of traffic to your product website upstream and downstream analysis indicates that visitors are also going to other health websites to both fact check your claims and help them better understand complicated health language.
POST SUMMARY: As health care systems around the world shift toward models that emphasize self-care management, there is increasing pressure for patients to obtain health information online. Overall online health seekers display awareness of potential problems related to online health information seeking. The need for enhanced patient communication skills and eHealth literacy assessments that are accompanied by targeted resources pointing individuals to high-quality credible online health information, and the need to remind patients of the importance of consulting a medical professional when they use online health resources to diagnose and treat a health issue is a substantial gap.