A survey of more than 3,000 Americans conducted in August with results released this month finds 5 percent of respondents have been notified that their medical records were breached. The highest rate of notifications16 percentwas among respondents with an income above $100,000.
Truven Health Analytics and National Public Radio conducted the poll; the organizations do monthly polls on a variety of healthcare issues and the August poll focused on privacy issues. While more than two-thirds of respondents said they are willing to share health information anonymously with researchers, some worry about the privacy of their records that other stakeholders possess.
Sixteen percent of respondents have privacy concerns regarding health records held by their health insurer, according to a summary of survey results. Fourteen percent have concerns about records held by their hospital, 11 percent with records held by their physician, and 10 percent with records held by their employer.
More than a fifth of respondents would be willing to share credit card purchasing and social medial information with providers if it would lead to improved overall health. However, such willingness decreases with age; Baby Boomers have the lowest rate at 15 percent.
Nearly three-quarters of respondents physicians use an electronic health record. Millennials (born after 1980) have the lowest rate of doctors with EHRs at 60 percent and senior citizens have the highest rate at 90 percent.
Forty-four percent of respondents have looked through health information kept by their physician, a rate that increases with the level of education.
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