Public and Doctors Alike Support Allowing Individuals to Download Their Own Health Information

January 31, 2011 | Survey
Markle Health in a Networked Life

The Markle Survey on Health in a Networked Life uniquely compares the core values of physicians and patients on deployment of information technology in health care.

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Key Findings

  • Roughly 2 in 3 members of the public and doctors agree that people should be able to download their personal health information.
  • In order to qualify for new federal subsidies for using health IT, health care providers and hospitals must meet requirements to give patients electronic copies of lists of medications, after-visit summaries, lab results, and other pertinent information.
    • 62 percent of the public called this requirement important for the health IT subsidies to be well spent.
    • Roughly half of the doctors surveyed agreed.


  • Solid majorities of both the public and doctors surveyed support the principle that people ought to be able to download and keep copies of their personal health information.
  • But patients today seldom request copies in electronic format.