Paper perceived safer than e-records

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Quick View. Posted Sept. 8, 2008

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Consumers may actually resist electronic health records, fearing they're not quite safe.

Problem Responded yes
Read or heard of medical records being stolen 69%
Of those who have heard of records being stolen, those who say they or someone they know have been victims 7%
Those who believe computerized records are likely to be lost or stolen 47%
Those who believe paper records are lost or stolen more often 16%
Those who believe both computerized and paper records can be lost or stolen 23%
Of those who have had records stolen, believe computerized records are lost more often 54%

While some studies suggest it will be consumer demand that drives the adoption of electronic health records, a recent Harris Interactive poll found a large percentage of consumers believe their records will not be secure in electronic form. Consumers were asked to respond yes or no to certain questions about electronic records crime.

Source: Harris Interactive poll of 2,454 adults conducted online between June 9 and June 16 (link

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