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Doctors Like Electronic Medical Records, as Long as Patients Can't Touch Them

Doctors Like Electronic Medical Records, as Long as Patients Can't Touch Them
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As the use of electronic health records spreads, most doctors say they want strict controls placed on patients’ access to their digital medical records, a new study shows—a restriction that some say could undermine the general effectiveness of going digital in the first place.

According to a study by Accenture, 68 percent of U.S. doctors do not want patients to have full access to their electronic health records, even though secure access through an Internet portal is technically very feasible. The restrictions they want vary, from not wanting patients to edit their records—say, to add the results of a blood test performed out-of-network—to a minority (4 percent) who do not want patients to see their records in digital form at all.