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Study: Global Majority Say Technology Will Make Hospitals Obsolete

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A worldwide study on technology and health care needs found that a global majority of people (57 percent) believe traditional hospitals will be obsolete in the future. (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

A worldwide study on technology and health care needs found that a global majority of people (57 percent) believe traditional hospitals will be obsolete in the future. (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Santa Clara, Calif. (CBS ATLANTA) – A worldwide study on technology and health care needs found that a global majority of people (57 percent) believe traditional hospitals will be obsolete in the future.

The Intel Corporation study found that customized, personal care was a desire held by many for their future health care needs. Most people surveyed in the “Intel Health Innovation Barometer” described mobile, highly-personalized technology helping them with their specific medical needs.

“Workflow, policy and culturally focused care are the most important ways we can improve health care,” Intel’s Eric Dishman told Forbes. Dishman stressed that survey respondents were looking for convenient and universally available health care needs that can be brought to them through technology.

A vast majority of people in the Intel study (84 percent) said they would be willing to share their personal health information to advance and lower costs in the health care system. Sixty-six percent of people say they would prefer a care regimen that is designed specifically for them based on their biology or individual genetic profile.

The Health Innovation Barometer also found that 47 percent of people were willing to share their personal health records rather than their phone (38 percent) or banking (30 percent) records for the purpose of technological innovation.

Nearly 30 percent of people said they would even trust themselves to perform their own ultrasound.

The study also revealed that medical care, including monitoring devices and ingestible technologies, were more acceptable to health care systems outside of the U.S. Dishman told Forbes that payment reforms and incentives to move care outside of hospitals could be the wave of the future.

“The moment you signal pay for performance, people start thinking about how we misuse hospitals every single day,” he said.

“Care must occur at home as the default model, not in a hospital or clinic,” wrote Dishman. “New technologies can bring decision support, health monitoring and health coaches into the home. It was also interesting to see that people in emerging markets such as Brazil, China and India trusted themselves to use health monitoring technologies more than those in more technologically advanced economies such as Japan and the United States.”

Seventy-two percent of people surveyed would be willing to see a doctor through video conference for non-urgent appointments. And a large majority (70 percent) said they are receptive to using toilet sensors, ingested health monitors and prescription bottle sensors within their homes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were 35.1 million hospital discharges last year, with the average length of stay was 4.8 days per patient.

The Intel study was conducted within 1,000 homes and 250 hospitals across 20 countries.

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