Survey: Most U.S. Adults Want Their Care To Include Health IT

More than 70% of U.S. adults think the country's health care system should be completely changed and a large majority want their care to include health IT, according to a survey released by the Commonwealth Fund, CMIO reports (Byers, CMIO, 4/8).

The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive, surveyed 1,011 adults between Feb. 7 and Feb. 11. It found that most adults reported problems with accessing health care services and care coordination (Norman, CQ HealthBeat, 4/6).

Key Health IT-Related Findings

The survey also found that:

  • 92% of respondents said it is important or very important for physicians to be able to share data electronically with other physicians;
  • 88% of respondents said it is important or very important for physicians to use electronic health records; and
  • 85% of respondents said they support policies that would improve care coordination and provide access to transparent information about health care costs and quality (CMIO, 4/8).

Among respondents with Internet access, the survey found that:

  • 34% said they can order refills for prescription drugs online;
  • 22% said they can schedule physician appointments online;
  • 21% said they can e-mail their physician; and
  • 14% said they can access their medical records online (CQ HealthBeat, 4/6).

Of the respondents who cannot perform any of those functions online, half said they would like electronic access to their medical records and more than half said they would like to e-mail their physicians and schedule appointments online (CMIO, 4/8).

Gadema Quoquoi
Currently, there is some resistant by some people, in having their Electronic Health Records/Electronic Medical Records/Personal Health Records on the NET. However, believe that the Benefits of having your EHR/EMR/PHR Online far out weight Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security Concerns, especially, when one considers present and ongoing Advances in Security Technologies. PLEASE SEE: w.securedehr.blogspot.com Gadema K. Quoquoi President & CEO COMPULINE INTERNATIONAL, INC.

to share your thoughts on this article.