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Survey Shows Increased Use of Digital Medical Records, But Privacy Concerns Persist

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 14, 2010

A survey of 1,850 Americans shows the number who are using digitized personal health records (PHRs) has doubled since 2008, the Wall Street Journal reports. However, that number remains at just seven percent of all patients, with respondents pointing to fears about privacy as the primary reason they are not making the move to digital records. Respondents also indicated they would be more likely to lie to their doctors if there was any chance their information could be shared with outside organizations. The survey indicates that two out of three Americans are concerned about the privacy of their health information, and that those who use the system are divided along socioeconomic lines. Mike Perry, a partner at Lake Research Partners, which conducted the survey, said, "The point is while privacy concerns remain high, most consumers want to move in the direction of adoption." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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