LONDON; April 22, 2013 – A new Accenture (NYSE:ACN) survey reveals that almost two thirds of doctors surveyed in England (65 percent) believe that the introduction of electronic health records has improved the quality of patient care. A majority of doctors (86 percent) agree that electronic health records will become integral to effective patient care in the next two years, reflecting the Government’s ambition to have a paperless NHS by 2018.
Patients Access to Records
An overwhelming 94 percent of doctors surveyed believe patients should have at least some access to their electronic health record, which is in sync with the Government’s March 2015 goal to provide everyone with access to their health records. However, most doctors in England believe there should be limits to the extent patients are able to access their health records. Only a third of doctors (34 percent) believe a patient should have full access to their own record, 60 percent believe patients should have limited access and six percent say they should have no access, compared to global averages of 24 percent, 61 percent and 14 percent respectively.