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Individuals' Perceptions of the Privacy and Security of Medical Records and Health Information Exchange

A majority of individuals are confident their medical records are safe from unauthorized viewing, but have concerns when health information is electronically exchanged
2018
The image is a line chart that shows individuals' perceptions of the privacy and security of medical records and health information exchange. In 2018, eighty four percent were confident safeguards were in place to protect medical records from unauthorized viewing, a statistically significant change from 2017. In 2017, sixty six percent had concerns regarding unauthorized viewing when health information is electronically exchanged between providers. This was not measured in 2018. In 2018, nine percent reported withholding information from health care provider due to privacy and security concerns regarding medical record, unchanged from 2017.
The image is a line chart that shows individuals' perceptions of the privacy and security of medical records and health information exchange. In 2018, eighty four percent were confident safeguards were in place to protect medical records from unauthorized viewing, a statistically significant change from 2017. In 2017, sixty six percent had concerns regarding unauthorized viewing when health information is electronically exchanged between providers. This was not measured in 2018. In 2018, nine percent reported withholding information from health care provider due to privacy and security concerns regarding medical record, unchanged from 2017.
Summary:

A majority of individuals (84%) are confident their medical records are safe from unauthorized viewing, but have concerns (66%) when health information is electronically exchanged. More individuals are now confident their records are safe from unauthorized viewing, compared to 2017. Less than ten percent of individuals reported withholding information from their health care provider due to privacy and security concerns regarding their medical record. This is down from 15% of individuals in 2014.

Source:

HINTS 5, Cycle 2, 2018

Notes:

*Significantly different from previous year (p < 0.05). Denominator represents all individuals, weighted percentages reflect national estimates. ^Metric was not measured in 2018.

Suggested Citation:

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. 'Individuals' Perceptions of the Privacy and Security of Medical Records and Health Information Exchange,' Health IT Quick-Stat #58. dashboard.healthit.gov/quickstats/pages/consumers-privacy-security-medical-record-information-exchange.php. June 2019.