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Health Communication and Health Information Technology

HC/HIT-1.1 Persons whose health care provider gives easy-to-understand instructions (percent, 18+ years)
By Race/Ethnicity
Year: 2013
2020 Target = 70.5 Increase desired
At baseline, 64.1 percent of people age 18 years and older reported that instructions from health care providers were easy to understand in 2011. The target is 70.5 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-1.1 Persons whose health care provider gives easy-to-understand instructions (percent, 18+ years)
By Educational attainment (25 years and over)
Year: 2013
2020 Target = 70.5 Increase desired
At baseline, 64.1 percent of people age 18 years and older reported that instructions from health care providers were easy to understand in 2011. The target is 70.5 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-1.2 Persons whose health care provider asks how instructions will be followed (percent, 18+ years)
By Race/Ethnicity
Year: 2013
2020 Target = 26.9 Increase desired
At baseline, 24.4 percent of people age 18 and older reported that a health care provider asked them to describe how they will follow instructions in 2011. The target is 26.9 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-1.2 Persons whose health care provider asks how instructions will be followed (percent, 18+ years)
By Educational attainment (25 years and over)
Year: 2013
2020 Target = 26.9 Increase desired
At baseline, 24.4 percent of people age 18 and older reported that a health care provider asked them to describe how they will follow instructions in 2011. The target is 26.9 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-2.2 Persons reporting that their health provider always explained things so they can understand (percent, 18+ years)
By Race/Ethnicity
Year: 2013
2020 Target = 66.0 Increase desired
At baseline, 60.0 percent of persons reported that their health care providers always explained things so they could understand them in 2007. The target is 66.0 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-2.2 Persons reporting that their health provider always explained things so they can understand (percent, 18+ years)
By Educational attainment (25 years and over)
Year: 2013
2020 Target = 66.0 Increase desired
At baseline, 60.0 percent of persons reported that their health care providers always explained things so they could understand them in 2007. The target is 66.0 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-3 Persons reporting that their health care provider always involved them in health care decisions (percent, 18+ years)
By Race/Ethnicity
Year: 2014
2020 Target = 56.8 Increase desired
At baseline, 51.6 percent of persons reported that their health care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted in 2007. The target is 56.8 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), NIH/NCI
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-3 Persons reporting that their health care provider always involved them in health care decisions (percent, 18+ years)
By Educational attainment (25 years and over)
Year: 2014
2020 Target = 56.8 Increase desired
At baseline, 51.6 percent of persons reported that their health care providers always involved them in decisions about their health care as much as they wanted in 2007. The target is 56.8 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), NIH/NCI
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-6.2 Persons with broadband Internet access (percent, 18+ years)
By Race/Ethnicity
Year: 2014
2020 Target = 83.2 Increase desired
At baseline, 75.6 percent of persons reported having broadband access to the Internet in 2007. The target is 83.2 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), NIH/NCI
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-6.2 Persons with broadband Internet access (percent, 18+ years)
By Educational attainment (25 years and over)
Year: 2014
2020 Target = 83.2 Increase desired
At baseline, 75.6 percent of persons reported having broadband access to the Internet in 2007. The target is 83.2 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), NIH/NCI
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-6.3 Persons using mobile devices for Internet access (percent, 18+ years)
By Race/Ethnicity
Year: 2014
2020 Target = 7.7 Increase desired
At baseline, 6.7 percent of persons reported using mobile devices in 2007. The target is 7.7 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), NIH/NCI
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.
HC/HIT-6.3 Persons using mobile devices for Internet access (percent, 18+ years)
By Educational attainment (25 years and over)
Year: 2014
2020 Target = 7.7 Increase desired
At baseline, 6.7 percent of persons reported using mobile devices in 2007. The target is 7.7 percent, based on a target-setting method of 10 percent improvement.
Data Source: Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), NIH/NCI
Note: Further information about the data used to track this objective is available on the Data Details page. Additional footnotes may apply to the objective data and to the population subgroups, if any, that appear in this National Snapshot.

National Snapshots Help

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020 NATIONAL SNAPSHOTS

A User's Guide

  1. National snapshots provide a visual display of progress for selected objectives in each Healthy People 2020 Topic Area, whenever data are available.

  2. The snapshot heading describes the snapshot theme, the population to which the snapshot applies (when needed for clarification), and the data year(s). The snapshot heading is not meant to capture the full scientific scope of the objective(s) that is (are) displayed. The user can find complete technical information about the objective(s) in the Data Details.

  3. The snapshot visual display is generally one of three types: a line graph, a bar chart, or a map. 

  4. The snapshot notes and footnotes indicate any technical information about the data that the user needs to correctly interpret the visual display, together with any key data limitations (when applicable). Although the snapshots are intended to be standalone, the user should consult the objective(s) Data Details for the full range of methodology issues that may impact interpretation.

  5. The snapshot source(s) indicate the data source(s) used to create the visual display.

  6. Age-adjusted data are adjusted using the year 2000 standard population.

  7. Education and income are the primary measures of socioeconomic status in Healthy People 2020. Unless otherwise noted, income is defined as a family’s income before taxes; thus, the terms “income” and “family income” are used interchangeably in the snapshots.

  8. To facilitate comparisons among groups and over time, while adjusting for family size and for inflation, Healthy People 2020 categorizes family income using the Poverty Threshold (PT), sometimes also referred to as the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), developed by the Census Bureau. Unless otherwise overridden by considerations specific to the data system, the five categories of family income primarily used are: 

    1. Below the PT (i.e., less than 100% of the PT) 

    2. At 100%–199% of the PT 

    3. At 200%–399% of the PT 

    4. At 400%–599% of the PT 

    5. At or above 600% of the PT.

  9. A snapshot narrative paragraph highlights some key features of the visual display. The narrative text is not meant to provide an exhaustive analysis of the data displayed. For a more in-depth analysis, the user should refer to the applicable data table(s) and objective(s) Data Details.

  10. The user should keep in mind the following: 

    1. When two rates or proportions are highlighted for comparison (and measures of variability are available), the user may interpret the highlighted difference to be statistically significant at the 0.05 level, unless otherwise stated.

    2. Only selected differences are highlighted in the narrative text. Differences visible in the visual data display but not highlighted in the text still may well be statistically significant.

Revised: Monday, August 25, 2014