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60% of Docs Would Limit Patient EHR Access

Date: 05.15.2013 | Zach Urbina">Zach Urbina

Most U.S. doctors are willing to let patients update their electronic health records, but only 31% are willing to give patients full online access to their medical records, according to a recent Accenture survey of physicians in eight countries. Of the U.S. respondents, 65% said patients should have limited access to their records and 4% said they’d bar patients from having any online access.

Accenture surveyed 3,700 doctors in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the U.S. While the results were broadly similar across countries, American doctors were the most inclined to letting patients update their records.

Most U.S. respondents agreed that patients should be able to update demographics, family medical histories, allergies and medications. Four of five U.S. doctors also believed that patients should be able to add some clinical updates to their records, including new symptoms and self-measured metrics such as blood pressure and glucose levels. However, nearly half of the U.S. respondents said patients should not be able to update their lab results.

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