Consumers' concerns about the privacy and safety of online personal health records have lessened slightly, according to the newly released results of an annual healthcare survey.
In the 2010 Survey of Health Care Consumers, released by the Washington-based Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, 33% of respondents reported feeling uneasy about the security of online PHRs compared with 38% last year.
PHRs are consumer-controlled tools that allow the storage and sharing of health information.
The survey also found that 10% of consumers have a computerized PHR, holding relatively steady from 9% last year. Additionally, while overall PHR adoption numbers are not especially high, younger adults expressed particular interest in using PHRs, and in accessing them through mobile devices such as phones.
The report also found, not surprisingly, that consumers rely heavily on the Internet as a source of health information.