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HealtheLink survey: Residents aware of e-records, believe their use is good

Most patients in Western New York are aware their health information is being electronically shared among physicians and believe the practice is good for health care, according to a survey by HealtheLink.

HealtheLink is the regional system for sharing health information electronically among hospitals and doctors. Advocates say the regional systems can reduce unnecessary tests, provide quick information to emergency room personnel, and provide an important backup if hospital information systems go down, as happened earlier this year in the ransomware attack at Erie County Medical Center.

The phone survey of 1,000 residents found that 51 percent feel the use of electronic health records by doctors and hospitals makes health care “more safe,” 82 percent believe electronic access to patient data is good for health care, and 90 percent were “aware” that their health information was being electronically shared.

HealtheLink has 4,670 participating physicians and consents from a little more than 1 million patients.

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