Framingham, Mass. - A recent survey of 802 consumers carrying health insurance, conducted by IDC's Health Industry Insights, reveals one in three respondents (33%) cite medical information being made accessible on the Internet as a primary reason for feeling less comfortable about sharing information with primary care physicians (PCPs).Nearly half of respondents (47%) who are uncomfortable sharing information with PCPs also indicated "wanting control over who accesses their personal health information" as a reason, while 14% do not trust the health plan to adequately protect personal health information.
"Increasingly, consumer health information is being shared between payers and providers as they join forces to create regional health information networks," says Lynne Dunbrack, program director of Health Industry Insights and author of the report. "The opportunity to increase the quality of care and consumer health through widespread data access is tremendous. However, consumers are raising legitimate privacy and security concerns as more of their medical information is made available online. Health plans need to be proactive in allaying these concerns."
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