Survey: Most Respondents Don’t Really Get Health IT
Only one in ten respondents to a Harris Interactive survey use electronic medical records or interact with their doctors by e-mail, HealthDay/Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Half were unsure whether their doctors even use these technologies. "Still, most of those polled said they would like their doctors to access their medical records with the click of a mouse. On the other hand, only about a third (30 percent) believe their insurer should have that same access." In short, a Harris executive said, "the general public only has a vague idea, only a very limited understanding, of what all this is about" (Pallarito, 6/17).
The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog: While most people -- 78 percent -- agreed that electronic records were valuable, "[t]hey're less keen on sharing. More than half strongly or somewhat agree with the idea that health records are for 'my own use and should not be provided to other parties,' but 78% agree that 'all physicians treating me should have access to information contained in my EMR.' Yet that generous spirit stops with insurers; only 30% of those polled somewhat or strongly agree those companies should be able to access EMR information" (Hobson, 6/17).