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By Lucas Mearian
February 17, 2011
While Americans trust their physicians to keep their healthcare
information private, they don't extend that same trust to computerized
records systems, according to a new survey from CDW.
Thirty-five percent of 1,000 survey respondents indicated they are
worried that their health information will end up widely available on
the Internet. And, half of the respondents believe that electronic
health records (EHRs) will have a negative impact on the privacy of
their health data. Surprisingly, 24% of respondents said they don't even
trust themselves with access to their own records.
Only 27% of respondents felt EHRs would have a somewhat positive or
significantly positive affect on their privacy. Another 24% said that
EHRs would have no impact on privacy at all.
The study, conducted by O'Keeffe & Company and ResearchNow for CDW,
surveyed 1,000 adults Jan. 24-31. Those surveyed had been to both a
doctor's office and a hospital or outpatient facility in the past 18
months. The full results of the survey will be released next month.
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