Why Do Millennials Gravitate Toward Technology?
Read Time: 3 minutes Millennials are quite different from past generations. Millennials are a generation raised on technology and look at tech advancements like a natural part of life. Millennials use dozens of devices and apps to stay organized and interact with each other. Naturally, millennials are also embracing healthcare technology with wearable devices, transparency, and smartphones.
Technology and the physician relationship
The millennial approach to healthcare ties into the way many view hospitals and emergency rooms. Millennials don’t want to spend all day in a medical facility and the thought of doing so can be very overwhelming. Online healthcare options take the anxiety out of visiting a hospital or meeting with a physician. Millennials also have a lower tolerance for inefficiency and are looking for cost-effective care. Technology addresses some of the problems patients face with inefficiencies and high costs.
Smartphones and the advent of telehealth
Telehealth is a reasonably new concept developed by physicians looking for innovative ways to connect to patients. Today’s smartphones can do much more than call and text. Telehealth is a sector of telecommunications that allows patients to speak directly to healthcare providers. Patients can discuss healthcare concerns with doctors via telephone and receive prescriptions and diagnoses. Patients can even chat online with providers or use webcams to connect.
How does telehealth differ from mobile health?
Telehealth and mobile health are similar concepts. Both use a telephone as the main source of communication between patients and healthcare providers. However, mobile health uses apps that can be downloaded on the smartphone to perform certain functions. Patients can use these apps to schedule appointments and research healthcare providers. Patients can also use apps to access medical records, an advancement that directly ties into the growth of electronic record-keeping.
The changing future of healthcare
Many millennials gravitate toward healthcare options that are available through technology and smartphones. Healthcare providers can continue to reach new patients by offering more communication options. This can include the incorporation of more technology so that physicians can continue to provide healthcare to a range of patient types, including millennials.