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EMR benefits outweigh privacy invasion risk for chronically ill

Survey shows that US consumers with chronic conditions are more concerned about the privacy of banking transactions than of electronic medical records.

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The Accenture Patient Engagement Survey shows differences among consumers with chronic conditions. For example, 65 percent of those surveyed who have heart disease say they have “complete” or “some” control over their medical information versus 49 percent of those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who say they have the same level of control.

The survey also reveals that significantly more chronically ill than healthy consumers are active in managing their health in the following stages: at the time of medical diagnosis (87 percent vs. 81 percent), once they have been diagnosed (91 percent vs. 83 percent), managing treatment prescribed for diagnosis (91 percent vs. 81 percent) and day-to-day in managing general health (84 percent vs. 80 percent).

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“Very” or “somewhat” concerned about EMR personal privacy—ranked by chronic condition.


Privacy by Chronic Condition Chart


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