According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics survey 51% of adults aged 18-64 had used the Internet to look up health information during the past 12 months with women taking the lead.
Women were more likely than men to look to use the internet to:
- look up health information,
- participate in online chat groups
- refill a prescription
- schedule an appointment
- communicate via email with a healthcare provider
Although people are concerned about confidentiality and security issues involved with managing their healthcare online the internet is becoming increasingly important to consumers.
Source: CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, “Health Information Technology Use Among Men and Women Aged 18-64: early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2009”