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J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jun;29(6):850-4. doi: 10.1007/s11606-014-2792-2. Epub 2014 Feb 12.

Rapid growth in use of personal health records in New York, 2012-2013.

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  • 1Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy, Weill Cornell Medical College, 425 E. 61st St., Suite 301, New York, NY, 10065, USA, jsa7002@med.cornell.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Giving patients access to their own medical data may help improve communication and engage patients in healthcare. As a result, the federal electronic health record (EHR) incentive program requires providers to offer electronic data sharing with patients via personal health records (PHRs) or other technologies.

OBJECTIVE:

We sought to estimate the rate of adoption of PHRs over a 2-year period.

DESIGN:

Survey of 800 respondents (margin of error: 3.5 percentage points) in consecutive years of the Empire State Poll, an annual random-digit-dial telephone survey.

PARTICIPANTS:

Adult New York State residents.

MAIN MEASURES:

Self-reported use of a PHR.

KEY RESULTS:

The rate of reported PHR use rose from 11 % in 2012 to 17 % in 2013. The proportion of these PHRs provided by doctors or healthcare organizations also increased sharply (from 50 % in 2012 to 73 % in 2013, pā€‰<ā€‰0.01) with a corresponding decrease in the proportion provided by insurers.

CONCLUSIONS:

The proportion of New York State residents using PHRs increased by more than 50 % (from 11 to 17 %) in advance of a federal incentive program requirement that healthcare organizations with EHRs must share electronic data with patients in order to receive their incentives.

PMID:
24519102
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC4026516
[Available on 2015-06-01]
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