According to a new survey done by Accenture, 82% percent of U.S doctors want their patients to actively participate in their own healthcare through updating it in their electronic health records (EHRs). Accenture conducted the survey across eight countries: Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States, interacting with 3700 doctors. The results found in these countries remained consistent.
A large part of physicians believe patients should take an active role in managing their own health information because it fosters personal responsibility and ownership and enables both the patient and doctor to track progress outside scheduled appointments. The report also showed that nearly 49 percent doctors believe that providing patients their own health information is critical to a more effective care. Right now, only 21% of doctors surveys are allowing access to patients of their basic health record and medical summaries.
Perceptions of Electronic Health Records — More than half of doctors surveyed (53 percent) believe that the introduction of electronic health records has improved the quality of patient care, and the overwhelming majority (84 percent) say they are somewhat or strongly committed to promoting electronic records in their clinical practice. Most (77 percent) believe the right investments in adopting electronic records are being made and 83 percent believe they will become integral to effective patient care in the next two years.
- Most U.S. Doctors Believe Patients Should Update Electronic Health Record, but Not Have Full Access to It, According to Accenture Eight-Country Survey (virtual-strategy.com)
- Most U.S. Doctors Believe Patients Should Update Electronic Health Record, but Not Have Full Access (dailyfinance.com)