The healthcare industry has witnessed tremendous adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) amongst healthcare providers after the implementation of HITECH Act four years ago. However, the acceptance of EHRs amongst patients has been sparse, with only 32% patients interested in getting their medical records digitized at all, as per a recent survey by Xerox.
The EHR survey, with a sample size of more than 2,000 adults, found that physicians have not communicated the shift to digital records adequately, according to more than two-third of the patients and approximately 83%have serious privacy concerns regarding the safety of their medical records. The poll also established that merely 29% patients have been informed that their medical records would be digitized. [twitter.com/HealthITplus]
“Patients will soon have more access to their personal health information than ever before, but they need to be educated by providers on how this will empower them to take charge of their own care,” said Charles Fred, President of Healthcare Provider Solutions at Xerox.
The survey also suggested that Americans see few benefits of the EHR, wherein 62% think that it would reduce the overall healthcare cost, and 73% said that it would help improve the service quality from care providers.
Physicians need to educate the patients about the benefits and implications of digital medical records. To earn Stage 2 meaningful use incentives, healthcare providers have one year to provide online medical records and ensure that at least 5% of their patients access the data. As of now, only 19% patients have online access to their medical records.
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