Health care providers, like most businesses, are continuing to adopt tech-based solutions for age-old business processes. For hospitals, doctors, and insurers, that often means turning to electronic medical records as a replacement for those shelves full of over-stuffed folders.
Last year’s Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, included incentives for the health care industry to digitize. At the time, one of the big questions to emerge from the talk of expanded health record digitalization was whether Americans would feel comfortable with it.
There’s a myriad of legal and privacy issues that have doomed earlier efforts to more health care information into the modern age. One issue, who owns the information? Another issue, who is liable if the information is misused? Many of these legal issues haven’t been fully resolved.
Yet, according to a poll of 400 Internet users conducted by THELAW.TV, a little more than two-thirds of those surveyed have no concerns about having the entire medical history scanned, uploaded, and widely available to anyone who needs it to help provide them with health care services.
Remarkably, despite widespread concerns about privacy issues and how the patients’ medical information would be used, more than half — 54.25 percent — of the survey respondents trust the government, not just private health care providers, with their electronic health records.
Among the respondents:
- 76 percent have health insurance
- 57 percent voted for President Obama in 2012
- 69 percent supported Obamacare
“This data shows that Americans are embracing how technology can help them and their health,” says Brian Albert, attorney and founder of legal information website THELAW.TV. “Outdated skittishness about having their health records digitized is proving to be misguided and not helpful to them.”
The THELAW.TV survey was conducted using a demographically balanced internet-based survey of 400 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent.