Accenture surveyed 918 individuals who were healthy and 1,093 who had a chronic illness, such as:
Overall, researchers found that 69% of all respondents said they believed they had a right to access all of their health care information (Conn, "Vital Signs," Modern Healthcare, 5/5).
In addition, 51% said they believed having access to their health care information outweighed the privacy risks (Walsh, Clinical Innovation & Technology, 5/5).
Of the respondents with chronic illnesses:
According to "Vital Signs," the survey's findings indicate a disconnect between patients' desired access and control over their health care information and the health care system's availability of such connectivity ("Vital Signs," Modern Healthcare, 5/5).
In a statement, Kaveh Safavi, leader of Accenture's global health business, said, "Health care will need to adapt to a new generation of individuals who are taking a more proactive role in managing their health and expect to have transparency."
Safavi added, "As consumers continue to demand more access to their personal data online, we expect that patients will gain more power to manage some aspects of their own care" (Healthcare IT News, 5/5).