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Survey finds online health care comparison tools beneficial

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Ninety-one percent of consumers, employers and brokers said that Web-based personal health records, online physician comparisons and online hospital comparisons are beneficial, according to a new TriZetto survey, reports iHealthBeat.

Eighty-eight percent of survey respondents also said that online health plan comparisons are beneficial.

The survey found that 87% of constituents surveyed would like online scheduling tools from payers and that 82% are interested in online personalized information tracking tools. Eighty percent of respondents reported that they were interested in an online personal health management system, and 79% said they would like access to online self-diagnostic tools.

Results are based on an online survey of 1,732 individuals conducted in fall 2007.

The TriZetto Group survey is available online (.pdf).

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