More than half of U.S. health care providers are using virtual assistants to help doctors diagnose and treat illnesses, according to a new report.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that doctors in the United States have been using virtual aides for about five years, and that about 80% of hospitals have virtual assistants on staff.
The survey, from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, surveyed more than 1,400 U.N. member states on virtual assistants and medical services, and found that a majority of them are using their virtual assistants for routine visits.
Only 13% of U,S.
hospitals are using a virtual assistant for routine care, the survey found.
But, more than 80% said they use virtual assistants more for specific purposes, and a significant majority of hospitals use a virtual helper for routine and critical care, including in urgent care, intensive care, and pediatric intensive care units.
The majority of virtual assistants used for routine services and critical health care are on staff, and the majority use their technology for routine tasks.
The vast majority of those who use their virtual assistant are using it for routine health care, while the majority of critical care staff use their devices for routine healthcare.
The AMA report comes on the heels of a similar survey from the Institute of Medicine last month that found that the virtual assistant market was valued at $5.7 billion in 2015.
The Institute of Medicare & Medicaid Services also estimated in its 2016 report that virtual assistants accounted for about $1.5 billion in revenue.
The U.K.-based Association of Healthcare IT Consultants said in a statement that the AMA’s study is a “strong, comprehensive and representative” look at the health care market for virtual assistants, and said it’s a “step in the right direction to get a more accurate picture of the market.”
The AMA’s survey was based on responses from 1,600 health care professionals in the U.T.A. and the United Kingdom, with respondents also from the U, N.K., U.A., France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, and Australia.