Patients Still Not Fully Informed About EHRs

Survey reveals only 32 percent even want their health records to go digital.

A recent poll has shown that over two-third of the patients have complained that their providers have not adequately informed them about electronic health records. The survey also clearly shows that majority of Americans are also concerned about the security of their health records.

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The survey, conducted by Xerox suggests that providers should focus on educating their patients about the benefits and various implications of digitized health records instead of just stressing on adopting EHRs and collecting federal incentive payments.

The survey included more than 2000 U.S. adults and found that just over 29 percent of them were informed by their providers that their medical records were going to be digitized. Despite a rise than the previous years, the survey still shows that most Americans (83 percent) have big concerns about EHRs – largely centered on privacy and security.

In order to avail incentives via Meaningful Use Sat 2, providers must get their patients’ records online in one year with at least 5 percent of patients actually accessing the records online. Currently, just one-fifth (19 percent) of the U.S. adults surveyed have access to their medical records online.

Charles Fred, President of healthcare provider solutions at Xerox said in a press statement, “Since the HITECH Act became law four years ago, healthcare providers have made tremendous strides in adopting EHRs, but there has been little to no change in Americans’ acceptance of digital medical records.”

“Patients will soon have more access to their personal health information than ever before,” he added, “but they need to be educated by providers on how this will empower them to take charge of their own care.”

But the survey also shows some positivity in terms of user behaviour. Americans do see some benefits of EHRs, the survey shows – 62 percent think they’ll reduce overall healthcare costs, and 73 percent say they’ll improve the quality of service they receive from their care provider.

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