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March 27, 2017

U.S. lags on adoption of telehealth, according to over 3000 international physicians

Only four percent of U.S. doctors think their state has done “very well” implementing telehealth

New York, NY — As the promise of telehealth technologies begins to pay dividends for doctors and patients around the world, SERMO, the largest global social network exclusively for doctors, asked its member base of more than 600,000 global physicians how well they think their country has implemented telehealth technologies.

Among U.S.-based physicians, most (41 percent of 1,651 respondents) think their state has done a “fair” job in adopting telehealth, while 44 percent have negative feelings about their state’s telehealth programs, choosing either “poor” or “very poor.” Only 15 percent of U.S. physicians rated their state’s telehealth programs favorably, choosing either “well” or “very well.”

Among the largest respondent sample sizes were Ohio, California, New Jersey and New York. According to SERMO doctors, Ohio has implemented telehealth the most effectively (22 percent of doctors responding “well” or “very well”), followed by California (20 percent of doctors responding “well” or “very well”). By contrast, New Jersey ranked among the bottom (59 percent of doctors responding “poor or “very poor”), along with New York (51 percent of doctors responding “poor or “very poor”).

SERMO also asked its international physicians how well they think their country has implemented telehealth. Similarly to U.S. physicians, most international physicians (38 percent of 1,831 respondents) believe their country has done a “fair” job adopting telehealth, while 43 percent have negative feelings, choosing either “poor” or “very poor” when asked how they think their country has embraced telehealth. Only 19 percent of international physicians rated their country’s telehealth programs favorably, choosing either “well” or “very well.”

International responses varied widely based on home country. For instance, Spain was rated as having the best implementation of telehealth (26 percent of doctors responding “well” or “very well”), while the United Kingdom was rated as the worst (62 percent of doctors responding “poor” or “very poor”).

For more information about SERMO polls, please visit www.sermo.com/polls.


About SERMO
SERMO is the leading global social network for physicians where more than 600,000 fully verified and licensed physicians from 30 countries anonymously talk real-world medicine, collectively solve cases, respond to healthcare polls, and earn honorarium from surveys.

SERMO is also the world’s largest healthcare professional (HCP) polling company, and conducts 700,000 surveys per year. The SERMO research network is comprised of two million HCPs from 80 countries, and includes the largest U.S. physician panel in existence: over 800,000 doctors who represent more than 80 percent of the U.S. physician population. Learn more at www.SERMO.com.

Media Contacts: 

Liz Wells,
Racepoint Global
ewells@racepointglobal.com
o:+1 202 517 1386

Osnat Benshoshan,
Chief Marketing Officer, SERMO
osnat.benshoshan@sermo.com