|By Tim Watson||
|October 8, 2013 04:08 PM EDT||
Eighty-three percent of adults in the U.S. are concerned about the security risks involved with using electronic health records, according to a Harris Interactive Survey done for Xerox.
More than two-thirds of respondents said they have not been informed about their healthcare providers' switch to an EHR system and only 19 percent have online access to their medical records, Xerox said Monday.
Hospitals can receive incentives under the EHR meaningful use program if they make patient records accessible through a secure web portal.
“Patients will soon have more access to their personal health information than ever before, but they need to be educated by providers on how this will empower them to take charge of their own care," said Charles Fred, Xerox president of healthcare provider solutions.
Sixty-two percent of respondents believe EHR systems can help reduce medical costs and 73 percent believe the technology can help improve the quality of healthcare services.