Why are physicians not sharing patient info? Lack of data sharing, privacy concerns and more

Mackenzie Garrity - Print  | 

The most common reason physicians don't share patient data within their hospital or health system is because there is a lack of access to data sharing systems, according to a Philips survey.

In its fourth annual Future Health Index, Philips surveyed 15,000 individuals and more than 3,100 healthcare professionals in 15 countries to evaluate digital health technology's affect on patients' and providers' experience.

Around one-third of respondents said they share patient information electronically with other healthcare providers outside of their facilities. Eighty percent of healthcare professionals responded that they share patient data to others within their facilities.

Here are the top reasons physicians don't share patient data inside their facility:

  1. Lack of access to data sharing systems: 56 percent.
  2. Traditional formats are preferred: 45 percent.
  3. Concerns related to data privacy: 40 percent.
  4. Concerns related to data security: 40 percent.
  5. Lack of interoperability of record systems: 40 percent.

Here are the top reasons physicians don't share patient data outside their facility:

  1. Concerns related to data privacy: 54 percent.
  2. Lack of access to data sharing systems: 52 percent.
  3. Concerns related to data security: 52 percent.
  4. Lack of interoperability or record systems: 50 percent.
  5. Traditional formats are preferred: 33 percent.

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