Security Fears Blunt Patient Acceptance of EHRs

Patient concerns over security of personal health information blunts acceptance of electronic health record systems despite widespread adoption by physicians, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

While some Americans have positive views of EHRs and their potential impact for treatment quality and cost of care, the majority worry about the security and stability of EHRs. Here are some key findings from the survey:

• Eighty-five percent of Americans have anxiety over EHRs.
• Sixty-three percent of Americans fear that a computer hacker will steal their personal data.
• Roughly half of Americans are concerned that digitized health data can be lost, damaged or corrupted.
• Half of Americans worry that a power outage or computer crash could prevent a physician from accessing their patient chart.

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