Survey: Just 32% of Patients Want Digital Records

Few Americans have access to their electronic medical records, and few want them digitized, according to a survey recently conducted by Xerox.

The survey of 2,009 American adults revealed just 19 percent have online access to their records. The survey suggests this may not be an issue, as 83 percent of respondents have concerns about digital records, such as privacy and security. Only 32 percent of those surveyed wanted their records digitized.

"The juxtaposition here is that since the HITECH Act became law four years ago, healthcare providers have made tremendous strides in adopting [electronic health records], but there has been little to no change in Americans' acceptance of digital medical records," said Charles Fred, president of healthcare provider solutions at Xerox, in a news release. "Patients will soon have more access to their personal health information than ever before, but they need to be educated by providers on how this will empower them to take charge of their own care."

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