The American Medical Association (AMA) recently published results from a 2019 digital health tools survey, which found that primary care physicians (PCPs) embrace digital health tools at higher rates than other specialties. The survey was a follow-up of a similar 2016 survey of 1,300 physicians (~50% PCPs) that examined adoption and clinical implementation of digital health tools. The same physician sample was used in both surveys.
The use of all seven digital health tools examined (e.g., remote monitoring, televisits, clinical decision support) increased between 2016 and 2019. The largest increases were in televisits which increased from 14% to 28% and remote monitoring and management for improved care, which increased from 13% to 22%. A primary driver for adoption and implementation was providing remote care with 68% of physicians selecting this as a very important or somewhat important component. It is important to note that this survey was completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.