The latest data from our chief analyst Dr Steve Black (@sib313) shows remarkable adoption of online consultations across all ages and 10 diverse practices. n = 37,674 requests, date range is 1/1/2019 to 8/2/2019.
The context is all askmyGP practices operating in “total flow” mode where all patient demand goes through the system in two modes. Online, patients submit a request for help from their NHS GP practice either for themselves (dark blue) or as a proxy (light blue), mostly children but also vulnerable adults, most over 75. They may also telephone the practice, and a receptionist creates the request on their behalf (orange).
The key point is that all demand is covered in the chart, not from a self-selected subset of patients, and these are regular GP practices where there is no change in registration.
What the data shows
For infants and children, over 60% of parents chose to send their request online.
For young adults aged 20 – 40, over 70% submitted online.
With increasing age, the proportion online falls slowly, but even at 65 – 70 it is 40%.
Over 70 the proportion falls more steeply and significant numbers are by proxy.
It is clear that when designed for ease of use and universality in respect of patients and their medical problems, coupled with rapid response by providers, the online offer is highly attractive to patients.
The vision for “digital-first” providers who are at the same time traditional, local GP practices is achievable and already being achieved.
Founder, Chief Executive, askmyGP