How Valuable Do Patients in Paper-Based Practices Consider a Transition to EHRs?

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About 21% of patients whose physician primarily uses a paper-based health record system said they would find it very valuable if their physician adopted an electronic health record system, and about 52% said they would find it somewhat valuable, according to a National Partnership for Women & Families survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

About 18% of patients in paper-based practices said they would not find it very valuable if their physician adopted an EHR system, and about 10% said they would not find it valuable at all.

When asked about the possible effects of their physician transitioning to an EHR system, about 48% of patients in paper-based practices said the transition would have a very positive or somewhat positive effect on their quality of care.

About 41% of patients in paper-based practices said the shift to EHRs would have no effect on their quality of care, while 10% said it would have a somewhat negative or very negative effect on patient care.

The report is based on an August 2011 online survey of 1,961 U.S. adults, including 808 U.S. adults whose physician primarily uses a paper-based health record system.

Source: National Partnership for Women & Families/Harris Interactive, "Making IT Meaningful: How Consumers Value and Trust Health IT"


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