If you’re like consumers from a recent survey, your answer may be – it depends.
For those consumers, access to electronic medical records could be a game-changer.
Accenture, a global management company, conducted an online survey of over 9,000 adults to evaluate health care physicians’ electronic medical records.
- Nine countries participated: Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain, and the United States
- The survey was conducted in July 2013
- The survey included 1,000 U.S. consumers
Forty-one percent of U.S. consumers would be willing to change physicians if it meant getting access to their electronic medical records.
With the increasing trend towards consumer-driven health, the results appear to support consumers’ interest in their own health.
An interesting survey finding is the different views of physicians and consumers.
How Much Control?
While physicians may support access to medical records, most do not believe in full access.
Consumers have a different opinion.
- Most surveyed consumers (84 percent) feel they should have full access
- Only 36 percent of physicians support full access
- The majority of U.S. physicians (65 percent) believe in limited access
- Most of surveyed consumers (63 percent) report having limited access
Again, these are U.S. results. Admittedly, I did not dig very deep, but I was unable to find results from the other 8 countries. That would be an interesting comparison.
If you have those results, please share them.
My provider’s group does offer online access. I have access to lab results, can make appointments, and send an email to my physician. I particularly like the access to my annual physical lab results. I can check my results to see if I need to make any adjustments to my diet.
What do you think?
- Should you have full access to your medical records?
- Do you have online access to any of your health records?
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