70% of Americans skeptical about HIT — 5 observations Featured

Written by  Megan Wood | Tuesday, 10 January 2017 21:23
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A new Black Book poll found the 70 percent of Americans don't trust health information technology, according to DOTmed. This number is a stark contrast to the 10 percent who were distrustful in 2014.

The poll surveyed 12,090 adults.


Here are five observations:


1. Many Americans are hesitant about HIT due to cybersecurity issues and some physician apathy toward it.


2. Of those surveyed who used HIT at a hospital or practice last year, 57 percent were skeptical about the technology's benefit. Eight-seven percent noted they will not share all of their medical information.


3. The majority of respondents expressed worry about the sharing of the following personal health information with retailers, employers and the government, without their knowledge:


• Pharmacy prescriptions: 90 percent of respondents
• Mental health notes: 99 percent
• Chronic condition data: 81 percent


4. The survey revealed about 70 percent of Americans don't trust patients portals, medical apps and EHRs.


5. Ninety-four percent of physicians labeled wearable data as "overwhelming, redundant and unlikely to make a clinical difference," according to DOTmed.


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