Individuals’ use of online medical records is on the rise
It’s taken years, but healthcare consumers are now becoming comfortable with the notion of accessing their medical records online. In fact, the use of portals and other mechanisms to access medical records is rising, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
And the pressure will rise in coming years, with the 21st Century Cures Act including provisions intended to improve patients’ access to and use of their electronic health information. Using data from the National Cancer Institute’s 2017 Health Information Trends Survey, ONCHIT earlier this year analyzed consumer access and use of online medical records and the use of technology such as smartphones, tablets and electronic monitoring devices for health related needs.