Publication Date: February 14, 2011
Two Markle Foundation surveys, conducted in August 2010, included results from more than 1,500 members of the general public and 779 physicians. The findings made it clear that both groups agree that it is important to require doctors and hospitals to share patient information to provide the public with better care, cut costs and reduce the chances for medical error. The survey also found that both groups agree that there is a need to better measure the progress of the goals that are set to address the nation’s chronic health problems.
Josh Lemieux, Markle’s Director of Personal Health Technology, said the survey data made very clear that the public expects benefits from health IT, and it wants data security and privacy protections to be part of the package.