Patients Want No-Cost Health Data Exchange, Survey Finds

March 20, 2015 in News

The majority of U.S. adults say that health care providers should be capable of easily sharing patients’ health information and that such data exchange should be available at no cost to patients and providers, according to a new survey, MobiHealthNews reports.

Survey Details

The survey was conducted by ORC International and published by the Society of Participatory Medicine. The poll included responses from 1,011 adults.

Findings

Overall, 75% of respondents said it is very important that their health care providers be able to share patient health information among themselves.

According to the survey, 20% of respondents said they or a family member had experienced difficulties receiving medical treatment because their records could not be shared electronically with other providers.

Meanwhile, 87% of respondents said that neither health care providers nor patients should be charged a fee for exchanging health data. According to the Society of Participatory Medicine, physicians are required to pay between $5,000 and $50,000 to establish connections that allow them to share patient data with government agencies, health information exchanges and other entities. 

Daniel Sands, co-founder of the Society of Participatory Medicine, said, “What this survey points out is that when critical health information can’t be shared across medical practices and hospitals, patients are put at risk” (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 3/19).

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