Doctors Say EHRs Are Safer Than Paper Charts; Patients Are Split

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Most U.S. physicians believe electronic health records are safer than paper-based medical records, while patients are split over which system is safer, according to a survey conducted by GfK Roper on behalf of EHR provider Practice Fusion, Becker's Hospital Review reports (Rodak, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/3).

For the physician portion of the survey, 1,220 medical professionals answered an online questionnaire on Oct. 28. For the patient portion of the survey, researchers conducted phone interviews with 1,006 U.S. adults between Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 11/2).

Key Findings

The survey found that:

  • 54% of physicians believe that EHRs are safer than paper records. Of those, 63% cited immediate access to records as the top benefit;
  • 18% of physicians believe that paper records are safer than EHRs. Of those, 36% cited a lower likelihood of data being breached or stolen as the top benefit;
  • 39% of patients believe that EHRs are safer than paper records. Of those, 77% cited immediate access to records as the top benefit; and
  • 47% of patients believe that paper records are safer than EHRs. Of those, 59% cited greater privacy as the top benefit (United Press International, 11/4).
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I am still sitting on the fence with this subject of EHR. It has not been around long enough to work out the kinks. How susceptible are these EHR to worms and virus. God forbid that this should happen and corrupt patient files. There are many talented people in our society who can "hack" into databases without leaving trace. Will patient private information be out there floating around unprotected in health cyberspace ?

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