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The Public and Doctors Largely Agree Patients Should Be Able To View, Download and Share Their Health Info

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    Publication Date: 
    Monday, January 31, 2011

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    Key Findings

    • Roughly 2 in 3 of the public and doctors agree that patients should have the option to view and download their personal health information online.
    • About 3 in 4 doctors agree that patients should be able to share their information electronically with their doctors.
    • Majorities of both groups agree patients should get access to their lab results as soon as their doctors.
    • Roughly half of both groups say they should be able to communicate securely online.
    • 54 percent of the public agree that patients should control which parts of their records are sent to new doctors.
    • 41 percent of the doctors surveyed agree with this statement, 49 percent disagreed
    • The 2008 and 2010 Markle surveys are very consistent: Majorities of the public say patients should control which parts of their records are transferred.


    • By relatively comparable proportions, the public and physicians agree that patients should be able to have online tools to view, download and share their information.
    • Despite this conceptual agreement, actual behavior lags: most don’t communicate online or share information in electronic format.
    • The patient-engagement requirements of Meaningful Use of health IT are designed to facilitate such electronic information sharing.