A substantial number of Americans are worried about the security of their medical information.
Nearly 1 in 8 people have withheld information about themselves from a healthcare provider due to concerns about security and privacy, according to a study published online by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
The findings are based on data from the “fourth wave” of the Health Information National Trends Survey, also known as HINTS4, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
The work “underscores the need for enhanced measures to secure patients' PHI to avoid undermining their trust,” according to its team of authors, headed by Dr. Israel Agaku, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The study was launched to assess the perceptions and behaviors of U.S. adults about the security of their protected health information, or PHI. It focused on people's views about their individually identifiable medical records as defined under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.