Americans have mixed feelings about health record privacy

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While many Americans are happy with the ways that their personal health information is used, some remain concerned over the confidentiality and security of their health data, a new survey by Harris Interactive said. The poll interviewed 2,337 adults.

Seventeen percent of the adult population in the U.S. claimed to withhold some information from health providers over concerns regarding how the medical data might be disclosed, according to the results.

On the flip side, 70 percent of Americans are overall satisfied with the way doctors and hospitals handle personal health information in terms of protecting confidentiality and security.

Another 63 percent feel that increased use electronic methods to hold and exchange patient medical records does not necessarily correlate with a higher risk of data misuse  jeopardize patient privacy rights.

Most (60 percent) believe that government efforts on the state and federal level to protect health information provide adequate protection.