Table 2.

Physicians who reported other health technology use, by physicians who did and did not personally use e-mail with patients: Unless otherwise noted, analysis included information from all respondents who reported practising office-based primary care, answered the question related to e-mailing with patients, and answered the questions on health care technology use; N = 556.

OTHER HEALTH TECHNOLOGY USEPHYSICIANS WHO USED E-MAIL WITH PATIENTS, n/N (%)PHYSICIANS WHO DID NOT USE E-MAIL WITH PATIENTS, n/N (%)P VALUE*
E-mails with other health care providers220/244 (90)215/316 (68)< .001
Texts with other health care providers§127/244 (52)160/312 (51).925
Uses social media to communicate with other health care providers||18/244 (7)18/312 (6).555
Videoconferences with other health care providers29/244 (12)27/312 (9).265
Texts with patients§65/244 (27)53/312 (17).008
Uses social media to communicate with patients||18/244 (7)12/312 (4).101
Videoconferences with patients24/244 (10)12/312 (4).008
  • * Calculated using χ2 tests.

  • N = 560.

  • Statistically significant result (P < .05).

  • § Text messages were defined as messages sent using traditional short message services and similar applications (eg, iMessage, WhatsApp).

  • || Social media was defined as Facebook, LinkedIn, and related applications (eg, Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn InMail).