What is the Most Important Feature of a Payer-Offered Electronic Health Record?

Nearly nine out of 10 survey respondents said that electronic health records offered by health insurers should have appropriate privacy and security features, according to a survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Eighty-two percent of survey respondents said that patients should own their own information, and 77% said patients should control the distribution of the data. The survey also found that 73% of respondents said the EHR should be easy to use.

Survey respondents were most likely to believe that EHRs offered by health plans should include insurance company data, such as claims data. However, about two-thirds of respondents also said they believed that payer-offered EHRs should include clinical data derived from hospital and ambulatory visits, as well as consumer-generated data.

{Professionals managing electronic records have the same serious concerns that consumers have about the lack of privacy and security in electronic health records systems. This is a poll of 101 members of HIMSS, an organization of health IT professionals. 87% believe that privacy and security are the most important features EHRs/PHRs should have and 53% had a low or very low level of confidence in the security of the products on the market. ~ Dr. Deborah Peel, Patient Privacy Rights}

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