Survey shows Americans wary of having health care records on IT systems

According to the survey, 72 percent of Americans are concerned their online records are vulnerable to hackers. | File image
Marking National Health Information Technology Week, the University of Phoenix’s College of Health Professions School of Health Services Administration recently released the results of a survey that show Americans are increasingly comfortable having their health care records on new technologies.
“As Americans become more trusting of the technology being used to manage their personal health information, the industry has an obligation to preserve that trust by investing and developing new technologies, protocols and systems that can provide them with the security they deserve,” University of Phoenix School of Health Services Administration Dean Mark Johannsson said. “National Health IT Week draws attention to the important issue of exploring new information technologies in advancing the healthcare industry.”
According to the survey, 59 percent of Americans are comfortable with their records being transmitted across networks and country borders, but 72 percent are concerned their online records are vulnerable to hackers. This represents a slight decrease in American’s discomfort with new technologies from a similar survey in 2015.
“The faculty at both University of Phoenix College of Health Professions and College of Information Systems and Technology are working together to make sure the next generation of health and IT professionals are collaborating to advance technologies and best practices vital to providing patients with the best possible care,” Johannsson said. 

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