The majority of hospitals are now providing patients with the capability to view, download and transmit their health information, according to data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
In 2014, 6 out of 10 hospitals provided that capability compared to just 10 percent of hospitals in 2013.
Meanwhile, there was a 42 percent increase in the number of physicians who gave patients access to view, download or transmit their electronic health information.
The majority of doctors believe that patients should be able to update some or all of the standard information in their health records including the following:
- Demographics: 95 percent
- Family medical history: 88 percent
- Medications: 86 percent
- Allergies: 85 percent
- New symptoms: 81 percent
- Self-measured metrics such as blood pressure and glucose: 81 percent
The ONC report also cites an OpenNotes study that showed that patients who access their medical records online feel more in control of their care and are more likely to take their medications as prescribed.