A new survey indicates that 40% of U.S. adults feel the use of Electronic Health Records software can deliver better, more efficient patient healthcare. The online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Xerox Corporation, questioned 2,147 Americans aged 18 and older during May 2012.
That 40% response is a 2% drop from last year’s survey, when 42% answered that they felt that EHRs could improve patient care. Other findings from the current survey show that 26% of respondents of respondents want their healthcare records to be digitized, although a surprising 85% expressed unease and concern about electronic health records. Xerox interprets this last result as indicating that providers need to continue educating change-resistant patients on the value of EHR systems. The survey does appear to show that healthcare providers are adopting new techology, as 60% of the respondents said that their providers are using computers (whether desktop, laptop, or tablet) to record their medical data, as opposed to 28% who indicated that their medical information is being taken down with pen and paper.