A recent study found out that the internet is the first stop for many sick people. Why not poke around a bit before we head to the doctor’s office? The Pew study found that 35 percent of U.S. adults say they’ve used the internet to diagnose themselves or someone else, with about half of those people taking a follow-up trip to the doctor’s office. 59 percent of U.S. adults have looked online for health information in the past year, yet only 2 percent of all those surveyed paid for the help they sought online. The internet is revolutionizing how we do many things, and the medical field is no exception. With sites like ZocDoc letting you find and schedule doctors’ appointments from the comfort of your own home, to companies like HealthSpot offering remote check-ups and diagnoses by doctors around the world, medical information – both amateur and professional – has never been more accessible to us than it is today, and that’s a great thing.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – February 8, 2013
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).