HHS Proposes Survey of Patients
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.May 19, 2010
HealthImaging.com reports that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to conduct a study to address "an evidence gap about patients' preferences and perceptions of delivery of healthcare services by providers who have adopted EHR systems in their practices." The proposed "Patient Perceptions of EHR" study will survey 840 patients of healthcare providers currently using EHRs to get their opinion on the quality of their care. The aim is to help policymakers understand how EHRs affect patients' medical care, communication with their doctor and coordination of care, the report states.