If people are going online, that means patients are going online. 78% of Patients with Broadband 70% of Patients with Dialup http://snipurl.com/smhealth looked online for Health Information (Fox, 2008) 62% of chronic disease patients go online . Only 44% of chronic disease patients the internet as a source for information (Fox & Purcell, 2010)
And there finding it helpful 75% of e-Patients with chronic conditions say their last search affected their healthcare decision http://snipurl.com/smhealth (Fox, 2008) 55% of e-Patients without chronic conditions say their last search affected their healthcare decision
60% of internet users are skeptical of online information, and 3% of internet users say they know someone who has been harmed by information they found on the internet. (Fox, 2008) Hospitals need to help build online resources
Hospitals are doing PR, which is good. What they need to be doing is PE, if they want to be great Names have been changed to protect the innocent, also if you do recognize these hospital I chose them because their close to my heart.