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ONC releases results from the 2012 ONC Consumer Survey on Privacy and Security

ONC released a new data brief that reports the results of its 2012 consumer survey on privacy and security. The survey focused on consumers' attitudes about privacy and security. The brief reports individual's perceptions about the measures that providers put in place to protect EHRs and how those perceptions are associated with support for EHRs, HIE, and patient-provider communication. The results of the survey indicate that patients who don't believe that providers are adequately protecting EHRs are significantly less likely to support both EHRs and HIE. In addition, these patients are much more likely to withhhold information from their provider due to concerns about privacy or security. This report demonstrates the importance of encouraging and enabling providers to better safeguard patients' health information, especially when it comes to electronically sharing and storing it.

The report is available as a PDF here