Most Americans don’t trust their health data is secure against hackers

Most Americans don’t trust their health data is secure against hackers

‘Protecting patients’ private information from cyber criminals while still making it readily available…is a complex challenge’

To all the healthcare info security folks out there: You may have a big trust issue on your hands. As, according to a new survey, the lion’s share of adults are seriously worried about the security of their health records.

In fact, data from the survey, which was conducted by University of Phoenix College health professions school, shows that an overwhelming 76 percent of U.S. adults expressed concern over the vulnerability of their health data when it comes to cyberattackers.

After hearing back from over 2,000 adults in the U.S., the team found that those 40 and older were the most likely to express these concerns (up to 83 percent of them, in fact), contrasted with 72 percent of individuals in their 20s who expressed concern.

The University of Phoenix team also wanted to take a pulse of how comfortable these adults were in sharing and exchanging their electronic health records across the care continuum and both local and international health information networks. Some 45 percent of adults indicated they were not comfortable with exchanging their personal health data in these circumstances, and 55 percent say they were “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with doing so.

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