GAO finds patients aren't accessing their records much

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Takeaway

  • Patients who have access to their electronic medical information don't access it much, the federal Government Accountability Office found.
  • Although 87% of patients were given access to their record from the physician's office, just 30% accessed it, according to an analysis of 2015 data from the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.
  • For hospital patients, 88% were given access, but just 15% used it.

Why this matters

  • The GAO said patients in its study described access to their data as beneficial, but that it was difficult to pull together all their information from multiple sources in...