HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology plans to embark on a five-year quest to gather consumer opinions on the privacy and security of electronic health records and health information exchange.
ONC plans survey about EHR privacy concerns
The ONC will use information gleaned from the new initiative, which will include annual, computer-assisted telephone surveys, to inform policymaking. A notice about the proposed data collection (PDF) will be published in Thursday's Federal Register.
The telephone surveys will be used to determine "the percentage of individuals who are concerned about the privacy and security of electronic health records, who report having kept any part of their medical history from their doctor due to privacy concerns, and who are concerned that an unauthorized person would see their medical information if it is sent electronically," according to the ONC.
The ONC expects to interview 100 people for a pretest survey the first year and 2,000 people for the main survey.
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