Few Americans confident in privacy of EHRs

Many Americans want electronic health records, and say they would access their personal health information online, but the majority are concerned about confidentiality issues, according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization.
Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said it is extremely or very important for providers to use electronic or computer-based health records instead of paper ones. Another 25% said it is somewhat important, while 7% said it is not too important and 9% said it is not important at all. Those results are statistically unchanged from when the question was asked in 2005.
And 60% said it is either extremely or very important for all their health information to be stored electronically in a central location so it can be shared by authorized providers.

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