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Poll: Millions Believe Health Records Lost, Stolen

Published August 5, 2008 2:51 PM by Jennifer Ford

According to a recent Harris Interactive poll titled "Millions Believe Personal Medical Information Has Been Lost or Stolen," four percent of respondents believed they or a family member had had their medical records lost or stolen. As a percentage of the U.S. population, this would be about 9 million people. Respondents also indicated they thought that electronic medical records were more often the records lost or stolen.

What does this mean for NPs? As health care providers transition to electronic medical records, and especially because all retail health clinics use EMRs, NPs might have to step up their patient education about the safety and efficiency of electronic medical records. See our previous ADVANCE Voice post about the safety of EMRs for more information.


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