Consumers more comfortable with electronic health records

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Patients see “significant” value in electronic health records and want more access, according to a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

For the report, an online survey conducted last spring by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 respondents found that more consumers viewed EHRs positively in 2014 than in 2011, even if their own doctor didn’t use them. Between 85 and 96 percent of all patients saw EHRs as useful in the delivery of healthcare both for providers and for patients. Comparatively, only 57 and 68 percent saw paper records as useful.

These views may be attributable to the increase in EHRs themselves. The percent of patients who reported that their doctors used an EHR jumped from 64 percent in 2011 to 80 percent; online access to information in their EHRs has nearly doubled in the past three years, from 26 percent to 50 percent. Of those with such access, 86 percent made use of this capability at least once a year. Consumers with online access also have more trust in EHRs.

Read more: FierceEMR

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