About half of the parents of children ages 17 or younger in a recent national survey indicated that they'd like to communicate online with their child's physician's office for such clinical and administrative purposes as requesting records or refilling a prescription.
Theirs are largely unmet desires, however, since less than 15% of parents in the survey report they are able to use e-mail or the Internet to schedule appointments, receive laboratory or immunization records, complete screening forms, get medical advice or request a prescription refill, according to the survey.
The survey, National Poll on Children's Health, was conducted Jan. 1-18 by Ann Arbor, Mich.-based C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and asked 1,612 parents of children under age 18 about their interest in and access to information technology. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 1 to 4 percentage points.