ElectronicHealthcare 2(1) February 2003 : 34-45

Home Healthcare Electronics: Consumers Are Ready, Willing and Able

Charles Roussel and Paul F. Nunes


How many older Americans are afraid to use electronic medical devices at home, fearing they will use them incorrectly or, worse, break them, or that the devices will not work properly? The answer is, not many. A recent Accenture survey reveals that among respondents over age 65, 83 percent disagree, and 46 percent strongly disagree, that they are afraid to test their own health at home. Only 13 percent fear that a device will not function properly, while only 12 percent think they might break the device. Even fewer - 8 percent - believe they might forget how to use one.



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