Public Confused About EMRs
The general public has conflicting views about EMRs. Many people are unsure exactly what they are. When a description is given, however, 71% believe they would be valuable.
This according to a new Harris Interactive poll reported in the Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com).
Only 7% report using an ERM themselves and 42% “don’t know” if their own physician has one. 78% of those surveyed believe “all physicians treating me should have access to the information in my ERM,” but only 30% want their insurance company to have access to it.
People do not understand how much of their medical information is available to insurers, employers and other parties. If they did know, would they be more concerned?
I think the public is generally aware that virutally all of an individual’s financial information can be purchased for a fee, but there is no movement afoot to restrict that practice.