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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
2017
The image is a line chart that shows individuals' perceptions of the privacy and security of medical records and health information exchange. In 2017, seventy four percent were confident safeguards were in place to protect medical records from unauthorized viewing, unchanged from 2011. In 2017, sixty six percent had concerns regarding unauthorized viewing when health information is electronically exchanged between providers, unchanged from 2011. In 2017, ten percent reported withholding information from health care provider due to privacy and security concerns regarding medical record, down from fifteen percent in 2014.
The image is a line chart that shows individuals' perceptions of the privacy and security of medical records and health information exchange. In 2017, seventy four percent were confident safeguards were in place to protect medical records from unauthorized viewing, unchanged from 2011. In 2017, sixty six percent had concerns regarding unauthorized viewing when health information is electronically exchanged between providers, unchanged from 2011. In 2017, ten percent reported withholding information from health care provider due to privacy and security concerns regarding medical record, down from fifteen percent in 2014.
Summary:

A majority of individuals (74%) are confident their medical records are safe from unauthorized viewing, but have concerns (66%) when health information is electronically exchanged. These perceptions are unchanged since 2011. 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 1, 2017

Notes:

*Significantly different from previous year (p < 0.05). Denominator represents all individuals, weighted percentages reflect national estimates.

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. April 2018.