Friday, September 05, 2014
Very Interesting Indeed - It Seems People Close Up With Their Personal Information When It Is Being Recorded Electronically.
This appeared a little while ago.
July 30, 2014
Worries about privacy or security may keep some patients from being honest about their medical history when they see their physician entering the information into a computer, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Medical privacy and security concerns involving electronic health records are prevalent among patients. The majority of patients — 83 percent — expect hospitals to use electronic health records, but only 53 percent said they trust the safety and security of EHRs, according to a poll by Morning Consult.
There is also coverage here:
July 28, 2014 | By Marla Durben Hirsch
A provider's use of an electronic health record can cause a patient to clam up for fear that the data won't be secure, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).
The researchers, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Dartmouth College, noted that EHRs are a "double-edged sword" in that they're perceived as improving the quality of care but also are seen as having privacy and security risks. Using a nationally representative sample from the 2012 Health Information National Trends Survey, they found that 13 percent of respondents reported having withheld information from their provider because of privacy and security concerns.
The researchers then conducted bivariate and multivariate studies to see if there was a correlation between this non-disclosure and whether the provider used an EHR. The initial bivariate study found no correlation. However, when the researchers factored in the patient's global assessment of quality, there was a positive link between the provider's use of an EHR and the patient's withholding of information.
Patients have become increasingly aware of the privacy and security risks inherent in electronic data. Many of the data breaches of patient protected health information that have been reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services involve electronic data in EHRs and laptops.
I have to say I would not have picked this as the way people would behave. Given the publicity of data breaches in the US I wonder would we see the same effect in Australia where it is not such a large public issue?
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Friday, September 05, 2014