The access, exchange, and use of electronic health information is essential for individuals to better manage their health care needs and share information with their providers and caregivers. Many hospitals and physicians possess capabilities that enable patients to view and download their health information. However, additional steps are needed to make health information more accessible and useful to individuals. A majority of individuals have smartphones and use applications (apps) to help them manage various tasks. The 21st Century Cures Act emphasizes the importance of making patient health information more easily accessible and the need for greater education regarding patients’ rights to access their health information. This data brief uses the Health information trends survey (Hints), a nationally representative survey, to assess individuals’ access, viewing and use of their online medical records, and the use of smartphone health apps and other electronic devices in 2017 and 2018.
Quelques données : The percentage of individuals who were offered access to their online medical record did not change between 2017 (52%) and 2018 (51%). In 2018, about 3 in 10 individuals were offered access to their online medical record and viewed their record at least once within the past year. Individuals’ rates of being offered access and viewing their online medical records at least once in the past year varied by their health care use, socio-demographic characteristics, Internet access and use, and health. Among individuals who viewed their online medical record at least once in the past year, the percentage that downloaded their health information increased by about one-third between 2017 and 2018. In 2018, half of smartphone or tablet owner had health or wellness apps which were commonly used to track progress towards a health-related goal (75%).