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.