Survey says: Consumers support EMR

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Most healthcare consumers would like to see further implementation of electronic medical records (EMR), according to survey results recently released by Accenture, a research and consulting firm. In fact, 52 percent of those surveyed would even be willing to pay a small amount a month, as much as $5, to have access, according to the survey.
   
The survey also found that over half of those questioned have concerns about the privacy and security of their traditional paper-based records. Nearly the same number of respondents also felt that electronic records are likely to be more secure. Over 90 percent of respondents agreed that EMR systems would reduce medical errors and generally improve the quality of care, and also felt that granting access to medical information contained in the records to emergency physicians would be beneficial.
   
The survey included 529 respondents from a sample of consumers from across the country.