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The survey charted people’s attitudes toward personal health records (PHRs) and their interest in using online tools to track health and help their doctor to be more effective. Several questions addressed using IT to help patients understand, monitor and renew prescriptions. Among the findings:
"Although there will always be a segment of the population that is not comfortable with new technologies, these tools have the potential to change the way people care for themselves, and that's a strong motivator," says CHCF Vice President of Programs Sam Karp. "While there is still a lot of work to be done to overcome concerns about privacy, as more physicians adopt EHRs, their patients will have easier access to their health information. Most important, we need physicians and patients to start talking about how these tools can improve their communication and assist patients to be more in control of their own health."
Access the complete survey results.