- by: Fran Foo
- From: Australian IT
- June 26, 2013
Thursday, July 04, 2013
It Seems Australians Are Not All Sure About Sharing Health Information As Per The NEHRS / PCEHR.
The following appeared last week:
ROUGHLY nine out of 10 Australians believe doctors should have ready access to their medical information electronically during appointments, a new study shows.
However, only 60 per cent of them said they were willing to share healthcare information online, a bane for the government's personally controlled e-health system.
Around 1000 people participated in the survey commissioned by IT services firm Infosys.
More than 70 per cent of respondents backed mobile apps for managing their health.
Despite advancements in consumer technology like online chat and video-conferencing, 97 per cent said they preferred to share personal information with their doctor's office in person. Sixty per cent gave online communications the green light while 55 per cent felt mobile apps would suffice.
Seventy eight per cent of respondents were confident their doctors had the right security measures to protect their medical records.
Here is another report covering the same survey:
Most Australians would welcome a more digital approach to healthcare, suggesting the government's new eHealth system may be well received.
The independent study commissioned by Infosys, a global leader in business consulting and technology solutions, polled 5,000 consumers in five countries (including 1,000 in Australia) to probe consumer attitudes about sharing data with healthcare providers, retailers and banks.
An overwhelming majority of Australians surveyed believe doctors should have ready access to their electronic health information. They also expressed confidence in the security of their medical records and are comfortable sharing personal information with their doctor or local hospital. That's good news for the Australian government, which has a target to sign up half a million eHealth users by the end of June 2013.
With new diet trackers, fitness apps and health monitors crowding the market, Australians are embracing innovative healthcare tools. The Infosys study confirms this trend, with more than two-thirds of Australians saying they are interested in online or mobile apps that help them to track their health goals (70 percent), stick to their doctor's treatment plan (73 percent), communicate with their doctor's office (76 percent) or coordinate appointments with their doctor (75 percent).
Key Australian findings
- Willing to share: Nearly all Australians are comfortable sharing personal information with their regular doctor's office (94 percent) or local hospital (92 percent). Most (78 percent) are also confident that their doctors have the right security measures in place to protect their medical information
- Apps are more personal: While more than 70 percent are interested in mobile apps for tracking their health, Australians are less comfortable using their mobiles to share data with doctors. Australians prefer to share personal data with their doctor's office in person (97 percent), followed by online (60 percent) and mobile (55 percent)
- Online resistance: While 92 percent of Australian respondents believe that doctors should have ready access to patients' electronic health information, only 60 percent say they are actually willing to share healthcare information online - a conundrum that government will need to tackle with the introduction of the eHealth system
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If I read this correctly it seems most are happy to have their own clinicians to have access to information but that a sizeable minority are not so keen on sharing more broadly than that.
Seems like a pretty pragmatic and reasonable view to me. Certainly a useful survey to add to the more one-sided ones conducted by NEHTA and DoHA a few years ago - which suggested pretty much everyone loved ‘e-Health’ - whatever that was!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, July 04, 2013