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Study: Consumers Concerned About EHRs

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 10, 2012

A new survey has found that patients have strong concerns about privacy and security when it comes to switching from paper to digital medical records, InformationWeek reports. The Harris Interactive study on behalf of Xerox indicates 40 percent of those surveyed believe electronic health records (EHRs) will help doctors deliver better care, but only 26 percent said they want their records to be digital, and nine percent said the idea “frightens them.” Privacy is a “common concern” about EHRs, said Xerox’s chief innovation officer for healthcare. “There is definitely a need for better information systems and interfaces.”
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