More Adults Know Their Multidigit Wi-Fi Password Than Vital Health Information, Including Their Single-Letter Blood Type
Results from the "Know Your Numbers" survey show that more people remember their social media log-ins, current bank balances, Wi-Fi-passwords and even the security code on the back of their credit card than they do important personal health data, including their blood type and cholesterol and blood sugar levels. And, while 82 percent of adults say that they or a family member had a lab test in the past year, about one in three don't keep their or their child's lab results or don't know where they are.
The survey examined the perceptions of adults aged 18 years of age and older regarding tracking important information in their daily lives from important numbers and passwords to vital personal healthcare statistics.
"Labs are the lynchpin of health, with the majority of healthcare decisions being made on the results of lab tests," said
Among the Key Findings:
- Nearly all (94 percent) Americans know their
Social Securitynumber, while around three in four know their social media passwords (80 percent), the current balance in their financial accounts (75 percent) or Wi-Fi passwords (74 percent).
- A substantial gap emerges in knowledge of key medical information. Fewer than three in five (57 percent) Americans know their blood type – something they are just as likely to recall as their childhood phone number (55 percent).
- And fewer than two in five know their cholesterol (38 percent) or blood sugar (A1C) (33 percent) levels.
- The percent of African Americans who don't know these numbers is even higher (71 percent and 77 percent respectively). This is particularly concerning given that this population is at high risk for heart disease and diabetes.
- Forty percent say that they either don't have or are not sure if they have access to their lab test results online, and nearly 20 percent admit that in the past year a health professional has requested their lab results, but they didn't have them available.
Additional Findings Show That Not Knowing Your Healthcare Information is Not the Same as
- The vast majority of respondents (87 percent) recognize there are good reasons to have access to health information online, especially in case of emergencies.
- Despite that fact, nearly one in three keep their lab results in a file cabinet at home. Surprisingly, that is also the case for millennials (aged 20-37) who are known for their highly web-connected lives.
- In addition to emergencies, nearly half (47 percent) of adults would like access to their health information online to make better decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
Consumers want to know the information that drives important healthcare decisions and they want to have it available no matter where they are.
Recognizing the need to put Americans' diagnostic and lab tests at their fingertips,
The platform supports Health Records on iPhone and also offers real-time scheduling and QuestDirect, an enhanced consumer-initiated testing service that empowers patients to manage and take control of their healthcare by ordering health and wellness lab testing from the convenience of their home. Available in 48 states, consumers can get the diagnostic information they need to stay healthy in three simple stepsi. QuestDirect's 35 test packages include general health, men's and women's health, digestive health, heart health, infectious disease and sexually transmitted disease testing.
"By providing this new avenue for patients to easily order and access lab results for themselves and loved ones,
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The online survey was conducted by Kelton Global on behalf of
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