Few Recognize Tech Advances of Health Care Apps

Forty percent (40%) of voters nationwide believe it will take more than five years before smartphones and apps will allow people to monitor the health of their heart (with tests like an EKG) on their own (without seeing a doctor). A ScottRasmussen.com national survey that only 8% believe it will happen within a year and 11% believe it will never happen.

However, such technology already exists and has been approved by the FDA. Public awareness of this has changed little since September.

Only 37% believe smartphones and apps will allow people to conduct X-rays on their own (without seeing a doctor) in the near future. Twenty-two percent (22%) say it will never happen. Once again, however, that technology is also available today.

Not surprisingly, younger voters are more likely to expect the capabilities of the new technology and also expect it to happen sooner (see crosstab results).

At the intersection of technology and health care, 56% believe that apps and devices monitoring health, fitness, and diet lead to improved health. Seventy-six percent (76%) of those under 35 believe that such tools improve the health of the average user. That falls to 35% for America’s senior citizens.

Most voters (53%) believe that new technologies will have a bigger positive impact on health care than new government policies. Just 24% believe government policies will have a bigger impact.

The reality that culture and technology lead the nation forward while politics and politicians lag behind is a central theme of my latest book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will NotIt’s also the reason that I am optimistic about our nation’s future despite being pessimistic about our system of politics and government.

Data released earlier showed that 71% of voters recognize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world than the combined efforts of all eight U.S. presidents who have served since the founding of Apple and Microsoft.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 8-9, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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