Patients may be less concerned about protecting the privacy of their medical information if disseminating that information widely means better care. So says Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund, who gave this year's Parker B. Francis Distinguished Lecture at the opening session of today's American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.
Davis gave the more than 4,000 executives in attendance a sneak peek at one of the major findings of a Commonwealth Fund survey of the public's views on the healthcare system scheduled to be released next month. She said nine out of 10 people surveyed said they want all of their healthcare information made available to all healthcare providers involved in their care. Davis said that finding runs contrary to the position of many privacy advocates who argue that patients want to release personal medical information at their discretion to only the providers involved in a specific episode of care.