Survey Snapshot: The Public and Doctors Agree with ‘Blue Button’ Idea

Markle Survey on Health in a Networked Life 2010
October 7, 2010 | Brief
Markle Foundation

This brief provides a snapshot of findings from Markle's Survey on Health in a Networked Life 2010, which directly examines the attitudes of the U.S. public and physicians at the outset of federal health IT stimulus and health care reform.


Markle's survey found that most of the U.S. public and doctors believe patients should be able to download and keep copies of their personal health information. That’s the simple idea behind a blue button. 

The Public and Doctors Agree with ‘Blue Button’ Idea

Roughly 2 in 3 members of the public and doctors agreed that patients should be able to download and keep copies of their own personal health information.

Patients should be able to download and keep their own copies of their personal health information

 

Majority of Public Says Delivering Electronic Copies to Patients is Important Part of Health IT Incentives Program

Most of the public and nearly half of the doctors surveyed said that for the billions of dollars in federal incentives to be well-spent, it’s important to set requirements that participating doctors and hospitals supply patients with electronic copies of their medical information.

Requiring that patients receive secure online copies of their health information from the participating doctors and hospitals is…

When asked about requirements necessary to make sure that federal incentive money for health IT is well-spent, more than 80 percent of both the public and doctors surveyed said requirements for privacy safeguards were important.

Requiring protections and safeguards for patient privacy is…

Ninety-three percent of the public rarely or never ask for copies of their personal health information or medical records in electronic format, and doctors agree that they seldom get such requests from their patients.

How often do you/do your patients ask for copies of personal health information or medical records in electronic format?