Majority have taken ownership of records by self-tracking personal
TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Supporting the growing trend toward
patient engagement, a recent Accenture (NYSE: ACN) survey found that nearly half of Canadian consumers (50 per
cent) are willing to switch doctors to gain online access to electronic
medical records (EMR). The survey, of more than 9,000 consumers in nine
countries (1,000 in Canada), shows that only 16 per cent of Canadian
consumers currently have full access to their EMR, but 52 per cent have
taken ownership of their record by self-tracking their personal health
information, such as health history and physical activity.
"The growing trend of self-care among consumers is shifting the role of
an EMR from a mere clinical repository to a platform for shared
decision-making among patients and doctors," said Sanjay Cherian,
Accenture's health industry lead in Canada. "Just as patients can
self-manage most other aspects of their lives, they expect to take
ownership of their medical care and the survey shows they are willing
to change doctors that share and enable the same values."
The majority of Canadian consumers (76 per cent) surveyed believe they
should have full online access to their patient record, while nearly a
third of doctors (29 per cent) share this belief. In contrast,
one-third of Canadian consumers (32 per cent) reported that they have
access to their EMR.
"When patients are part of the record-keeping process, it can increase
their understanding of conditions and serve as a clear differentiator
for clinical care," added Cherian.
Accenture conducted an online survey of 9,015 adults (1,000 in Canada)
ages 18+ to assess patient perceptions of their medical providers'
electronic capabilities across nine countries: Australia, Brazil,
Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United
States. Where relevant, the survey compares select findings from the Accenture Doctors Survey to compare the doctor and patient responses. The survey was fielded by Harris Interactive in July 2013
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