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Survey: Despite Privacy Concerns, Many Want EHRs

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 9, 2011

Despite privacy concerns, researchers from the University of Chicago have found that most Americans surveyed support a move to electronic health records (EHRs), Reuters reports. "Our core finding is that a large majority of Americans support use of health IT to improve healthcare and safety and reduce costs," said Daniel Gaylin of the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. The survey of 1,000 people found that while nearly half said they had worries about the privacy of EHRs, 64 percent thought the benefits of being able to access their records online outweighed those concerns, the report states.
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