Privacy breach a patient fear with e-records

MOST patients trust their doctor to keep their health information private, but do not trust electronic health records, a US survey has revealed.

The survey of 1000 people found that 35% of respondents were concerned their personal health data would become widely available over the Internet via electronic records. 

The study, commissioned by IT company CDW Healthcare, also found that one-quarter of respondents didn’t even trust themselves to access their own data.

Dr Chris Pearce, National E-Health Transition Authority clinical lead, said that while patients do not necessarily trust the Internet, they do trust their doctor.

He added health consumers were often not aware that breaches of privacy were as real with paper records.