A survey of nearly 2,200 adults across the nation shows only 40 percent believe electronic health records will improve the efficiency of health care, with most respondents also saying patients will be the group that benefits the least from EHRs.

Polling firm Harris Interactive conducted the online survey in February, getting responses from 2,180 adults. The firm's online poll database includes several million people who have agreed to occasionally participate in surveys. Results were weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population in such areas as region, age, gender, education, race and household income. Rochester, N.Y.-based Xerox Corp., which includes consultancy Affiliated Computer Services, sponsored the survey.

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