Study: Patients Warm to Records Sharing, But Concerns Persist
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.November 18, 2011
A PricewaterhouseCoopers study shows that while many patients like the idea of improving care through records sharing, privacy concerns linger. The online survey of 1,000 consumers found that 60 percent of respondents were comfortable with records sharing between healthcare providers if it would improve the coordination of their care, and 54 percent approve the sharing for supporting real-time decisions in their care. InformationWeek reports that while patients seem to be warming to the idea of health data sharing, 30 percent said "if cost, quality and access were equal among choices, they'd be swayed to select one hospital over another if one had clearer privacy and security policies."