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Personal Health Record Use is Growing

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CBR002836More people are using personal health records, according to a survey by the California HealthCare Foundation. The survey was entitled “Consumers and Health Information Technology: A National Survey” and one of the main findings was that while only 7% of adults are currently using personal health records (PHRs), the number is on the rise.

“Americans pay more attention and become more engaged in their health and medical care when they have easy access to their health information online,” the California HealthCare Foundation reports.

Other findings include that higher-income individuals are more likely to use PHRs, however, lower-income individuals without a college degree and several chronic conditions are more likely to reap benefits from having their records available online.

The survey also found that about 66% of the public is wary about privacy and security. On the contrary, those who are already using PHRs, and some even non-users, believe that we should not let these fears stand in the way of letting PHRs improve our healthcare.

PHRs will most likely continue to become increasingly popular. The survey results found that 40% of individuals who are not currently using them expressed interest in these tools.

For the complete survey results: http://www.chcf.org/topics/view.cfm?itemid=134205

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