Most Patients Expect EHRs, Only Half Trust Them

The majority of patients — 83 percent — expect hospitals to use electronic health records, but only 53 percent said they trust the safety and security of EHRs, according to a poll by Morning Consult.

The survey polled 3,687 voters on March 21-23, 2014 and May 2-4, 2014.

While 53 percent of respondents trusted EHRs to be safe, 39 percent said they worry about EHR security. Respondents between ages 18 and 29 indicated the highest level of trust for EHR safety at 61 percent, followed by respondents ages 65 and over at 59 percent. Respondents between 45 and 64 worry the most about EHR security at 46 percent, followed by respondents between 30 and 44 at 37 percent.

In terms of data entry, 38 percent of respondents said healthcare providers should use a tablet device to enter health data, while 34 percent indicated a laptop computer and 17 percent indicated a smartphone.

Additionally, 60 percent of respondents said they would use an application that stored all of their medical records and history, while only 16 percent said they would not use such an application.

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