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

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

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 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.

Observations

  • 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.