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AMA Digital Health Care 2022: Unveiling the Progress and Promise

In the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare technology, the American Medical Association (AMA) continues to be at the forefront, providing insights into the transformative journey of digital healthcare. The 2022 study findings, updated as of September 28, 2022, shed light on key advancements and trends that have unfolded over the years.

Link to Findings:
https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/ama-digital-health-study.pdf

About the Study:

Digital health is a dynamic realm encompassing various tools aimed at enhancing healthcare, enabling lifestyle changes, and optimizing operational efficiencies. These tools include telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth, wearables, remote monitoring, and a spectrum of apps.

The journey began in July 2016 when the AMA initiated a study to understand physicians’ motivations and requirements for adopting digital clinical tools. The primary focus was on unveiling the “must-haves” that would translate enthusiasm into widespread adoption.

Key Findings:

Over the years, the study has tracked the evolution of physician attitudes and adoption patterns. Here are some key findings:

  1. Accelerated Adoption: Physicians are increasingly recognizing the advantages of digital health solutions. The adoption rate has accelerated, with 93% of physicians in 2022 acknowledging the benefits for patient care, compared to 85% in 2016.
  2. Diverse Adoption Trends: Adoption has grown significantly across all demographics, specialties, and age groups. The average number of digital health tools in use per physician has risen from 2.2 in 2016 to 3.8 in 2022.
  3. Factors Influencing Adoption: Improved clinical outcomes and increased work efficiency are the primary factors driving physician interest in digital health tools. Addressing stress and burnout has gained prominence as a key driver.
  4. Remote Care Dominance: The most substantial growth in adoption is witnessed in tools supporting remote care. Tele-visits have surged from 14% in 2016 to 80% in 2022, and the use of remote monitoring devices has increased from 12% to 30% during the same period.
  5. Enthusiasm for Emerging Technologies: Tele-visits and remote monitoring devices top the list of digital health tools generating enthusiasm among physicians. Additionally, intentions are high for the future adoption of emerging technologies such as augmented intelligence, with 2 in 5 physicians planning adoption in the next year.

Future Perspectives:

While the study reflects the current landscape, the AMA remains dedicated to ensuring that digital health solutions become assets rather than additional burdens for physicians and patients. The commitment extends to empowering physicians to lead the design and implementation of trustworthy and equitable healthcare technologies, shaping a future that enhances patient care and improves the health of the nation.

The 2022 study findings serve as a compass, guiding the healthcare industry toward a more connected, efficient, and patient-centric future.

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