Alas, there is a downside, HealthDay reports. About 71 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents expressed concern about the potential for privacy breaches. And not even a single physician surveyed was willing to pay a suggested $150 HIE monthly fee. Half said they would not pay any fee.
In another study that also appears in the January edition of JAMIA, a group of 56 mental health professionals at an academic hospital generally believed that EMRs were clearer and more complete than paper records, if not necessarily more factual. That may be because 63 percent of the respondents were less willing to include "highly confidential" patient information in an EMR than in a paper chart. And if they were patients, 83 percent of the professionals would not want their mental health records routinely available to other healthcare providers.
Designers of future systems will need to enhance electronic file security and simultaneously maintain legitimate accessibility in order to preserve confidence in psychiatric and other EMR systems," the study says.
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