Consumers wary of insurers accessing EMRs; Harris Interactive Survey
Only about one-third of consumers polled by Harris Interactive believe their insurers should have access to their electronic medical records, data from the New York-based company found.
Harris and HealthDay, a Norwalk, Conn.-based medical news site, surveyed 2,035 US adults from June 8 to June 10.
Asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement, My insurer should have access to the information in my EMR, 30 percent strongly or somewhat agreed, while 44 percent strongly or somewhat disagreed. The rest were indifferent.
The level of agreement dropped three percent from last year’s poll, according to Harris.
Seventy-one percent of respondents agreed that EMRs were valuable tools in tracking their health, and 78 percent agree that all physicians treating them should have access to their EMR information.
The poll comes as companies including CIGNA , Trizetto, and Salesforce.com.