A new national survey found that nearly 70% of Americans support the adoption of electronic medical records even though a wide gap persists in how seniors would actually use such products.
The results from the poll sponsored by Erickson Retirement Communities were released today at a briefing on Capitol Hill. The briefing also aimed to gauge congressional support for EMR legislation.
The poll found, for instance, that 56% of seniors 65 and older said that they would not routinely track their healthcare online if EMRs were made available, while 63% of those surveyed under 65 said they would use the technology more frequently.
Overall, big ticket items, such as funding for the State Childrens Health Insurance Program and physician payments, will likely stymie a health information technology bill this yearand probably nexteven though EMRs and e-prescribing have broad support among members of Congress, Capitol Hill aides said.
This year, a full legislative slate will make it difficult for lawmakers to find the time and money to get a bill passed, according to one aide in the Senate who spoke on the condition of not being named. Additionally, some of the same issues that worked to kill a consensus bill last year could again resurface. -- by Matthew DoBias