UPI Poll: Concern on health privacy

More than half the U.S. respondents in a UPI-Zogby International poll expressed privacy concerns regarding their medical records and information.
The 10,258 participants in a Feb. 9-12 Zogby interactive poll were asked to rate their concern for medical records’ privacy on a 1-5 scale, with “1” representing “not at all concerned” and “5” meaning “highly concerned.” The data carry a 1-percentage-point margin of error.
More than half — 50.5 percent — of participants gave either “5” (28.4 percent) or “4” (22.1 percent) as an answer. Another 22.5 percent gave the middle answer of “3” and 14.8 percent said “2.” Some 11.4 percent of respondents said they were “not at all concerned” about the privacy of their medical records.
African-Americans were the most likely to express concern as 34.5 percent of those participants gave and answer of “5” and 6 percent gave “1.” Some 30.9 percent of Hispanics in the poll also said they were “highly concerned” while 8.9 percent said they were “not at all concerned.” Among white participants, 26.6 percent gave “5” as a response and 12.5 percent listed “1.”
{50.5 % of the public is highly concerned or concerned about medical records privacy. Congress should require new strong privacy protections tailored specifically to the new threats electronic health systems pose to privacy. ~ Dr. Deborah Peel, Patient Privacy Rights}

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