Myths and Facts of EHRs

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As electronic health records (EHRs) and new online sharing and storing databases have become more widely implemented, there have been ongoing concerns regarding patient privacy. In a recent study from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, entitled Physician Perspectives About Health Information Technology, 22 percent of surveyed physicians cited privacy concerns as a barrier to EHR adoption.


According to a Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive poll, the majority of Americans surveyed believe EHRs have the potential to improve U.S. healthcare and that the benefits outweigh privacy risks. Benefits such as improved care coordination and cost savings for patients should be taken into account.

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