Survey: Patients still leery about EHRs

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Americans are slightly more in favor of electronic health records than they were last year, but 83 percent are still concerned about their security, according to Xerox's fourth annual EHR survey. The survey, of 2,009 U.S. adults, found that 62 percent agreed that EHRs could reduce healthcare costs and 73 percent believed they could improve the quality of services. However, less than one-third (32 percent) said they want their records to be digitized, and only 29 percent of respondents who have a doctor have been informed that their records will be transitioned to electronic formats.

The survey suggested that physicians provide patients with more education about EHRs and the requirements of Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, which requires patient engagement and access to their electronic health records. Announcement