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Public Apprehensive About EMRs

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laptop and stethoscopeWhile the benefits of switching the U.S. to an Electronic Health/Medical Record (EH/MR) are numerous, public apprehension about turning over personal medical histories to the government is significant.

According to Forbes, a poll conducted by Ponemon Institute found that “of the 868 Americans surveyed about their views on digitizing and storing health records, only 27% said they would trust a federal agency to store or access the data–the same percentage as those who would trust a technology firm like Google.”

That’s bad news and a potentially crippling blow to a program that would feature a significant upside.

Patients could have personal histories catalogued and stored to be accessed instantly from anywhere in the country.

But that’s only part of the story.  Best practices and new treatment information could be gathered and distributed quickly – instantly enhancing the quality of care while slashing costs by eliminating costly and stagnant procedures.

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