According to a new study published by Xerox, Americans are generally supportive of electronic health records despite not knowing much about potential impacts.
The reports found that 16% of adults have been approached by their healthcare provider to discuss making the shift to the cutting-edge format.
“Ultimately, it is the patient that controls the effectiveness of treatment, his or her overall health, and perceived quality of care,” said Martin Reiser, manager, Government Affairs, Xerox. “Providers can help patients and their families become well informed participants in their own care and understand how EHRs will help them get more out of the healthcare system.”
An overwhelming majority cite the potential for personal information to be stolen as their main concern about making the shift.
“Providers can ease this fear by discussing the security precautions taken to safeguard against data breaches,” said John B. Jones, vice president, Healthcare Providers, Xerox. “By arming Americans with information on EHR basics, we can prevent some of the influence of the media hype cycle around potential security risks.”