Many U.S. Adults Are Satisfied With Use of Their Personal Health Information

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Substantial minority still withholds information from health providers due to worries about security of medical data. While many U.S. adults indicate that they are generally satisfied with how their personal health information is used, a substantial number have serious reservations about the confidentiality and security of their health data. One in six adults (17%) -- representing about 38 million persons(1) -- say they withhold information from their health providers due to worries about how the medical data might be disclosed.

These are some of the results of a nationwide Harris Poll of 2,337 U.S. adults surveyed online between January 11 and 18, 2006 by Harris Interactive(R). This survey was designed in collaboration with Dr. Alan F.
Westin, Professor of Public Law and Government Emeritus at Columbia University and a noted authority on current health privacy issues, especially those involving electronic health record programs.

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