IT | Security

Patients Fear Electronic Health Records

By: Absolute Team | 2/25/2011

According to a new survey by CDW and reported on Computerworld, Americans are wary of how their personal information is handled by computerized records systems.

The survey indicates that 35% of the 1000 respondents believe their information will end up on the Internet - quite a high percentage, all things considered! In a telling figure, half of the respondents believe that electronic health records (EHRs) will have a negative impact on the privacy of their health data.

It seems, this mistrust appears to be a combination of both systems and those who access these systems. Indeed, a quarter of respondents wouldn't even trust themselves with access to their records.

Fewer than 10% of physicians currently use full EHRs, a number which is expected to more than quadruple in the next 4 years. It will be up to health industry professionals to take steps to protect patient data and to build up trust with patients over the use of this information as more of it moves to electronic form.

The full survey results are expected to come out next month.