A study by Morpace Market Research & Consulting showed that 48 percent of American adults support creation of a nationwide system
of electronic medical records that would allow patients, physicians, and other
health care providers to access personal health records through the
The study also reported that consumers see value in electronic health records although there are privacy concerns. Participants in the study believed that the government should establish guidelines and standards to protect personal health information. Interestingly, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are currently using EHRs and have received positive reviews of their use for improving the health and delivery of care for veterans.
In January 2008, HHS Secretary Leavitt announced that a public-private partnership would develop the process by which these objectives could be met.
In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently working to develop a program for implementation and adoption of EHRs and HIT as
effective vehicles not only to improve the quality of care provided,
but also to transform the way medicine is practiced and delivered.
There are many groups, and providers, who have not yet adopted EHRs, but it is likely that they will soon, as time reveals progress in standards, privacy, and security of PHI, and as the value of EHRs become better known.
To watch an interesting video of a physician's use of EHRs click here.