Three of four Americans say it is important to make the switch to electronic medical records, according to a public opinion poll released April 22 by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health and National Public Radio.
A majority of those polled said electronic medical records would improve the quality of medical care in general, as well as for themselves and their families. They also believe these records would prevent unnecessary care and medical errors.
The poll also revealed a healthy skepticism about the privacy of electronic medical records and implementation costs. Less than a quarter of the respondents believed electronic medical records would reduce health costs in general or for their families specifically. Nearly three in four were not confident that electronic medical records data would remain confidential.
The poll explores other questions about health care costs, care coordination and cost-effectiveness research.
Brian Russon, an industry strategist for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft Corporation, will talk about health IT during the Technology Working Group session at the CSG Spring Meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16. Also see the CSG Trends in America Special Report, Health Information Technology.