New survey reveals people are not worried about faulty EHR privacy

New survey reveals people are not worried about faulty EHR privacy

A survey released by Truven Health Analytics, in partnership with NPR, revealed that very few people in the U.S. are worried about the privacy of electronic health records. 

The survey was conducted over the phone with 3,000 people in August 2014. Researchers asked U.S. residents how they felt about their medical information being online and whether or not they felt like their privacy was at risk. The report noted that 75 percent of people who responded had health care providers who were actively using EHRs, and 44 percent said they had seen their health data in this electronic format. 

According to the report, the demographic with the most EHR-savvy doctors was people over the age of 65, with almost 90 percent of them using a physician who had implemented the technology. Of this group, only 7 percent of them had privacy concerns about the medical information held by their physician. A mere 8 percent were worried about their privacy when it came to hospitals having their EHRs, while 12 percent were concerned about their medical history being in the hands of their insurer. 

The report noted that 5 percent of people surveyed had had their information compromised. Most of these cases were at least two years ago, indicating a recent improvement in system safety.