Making Electronic Health Records Consumer-Friendly
A new survey and a list of guiding principles are released at a new conference in the hopes of making electronic health records more accessible and useful to Americans.Almost three-quarters of Americans surveyed in a study sponsored by the health care-oriented non-profit Markle Foundation say they favor the establishment of a nationwide electronic information exchange that would allow a patients health information to be shared with authorized individuals via the Internet. However, ensuring patient privacy and control over their records is perceived as essential. More than nine out of 10 people surveyed want to ensure that their records are completely secure and only accessible to those authorized. And three out of four Americans say a top priority is making sure their records could be shared only after they provide explicit permission. More than two-thirds are concerned that their employer never has access to their electronic medical records. "Americans use digital information technology to manage their finances, pay bills, book flights, and customize the music they listen to," noted Zoë Baird, president of the Markle Foundation. "And our research shows they now want to use health information technology to get the best care possible for themselves and be better able to manage their own health,"
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