It took some time to get a majority of physicians in the U.S. to agree that it would be beneficial to implement electronic health records in their practices. Now, a survey finds, the most skeptical audience for EHRs is patients. A survey of more than 2,100 patients by Xerox found that only 26% want their medical records to be digital, down two percentage points from a year ago. Only 40% believe EHRs will result in better, more efficient care. And 85% expressed concern about digital records. Their main worries: privacy and security of their information. As the health care system shifts from one that focuses on acute care and treating patients who are sick to one that promotes wellness, “We need the patients as active participants,” said Philip Payne, PhD, chair of the Ohio State University College of Medicine’s Dept. of Biomedical Informatics. The EHR is an important tool to engage patients, he said.
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