80 Percent of Patients Worry for Health Data Security

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80 Percent of Patients Worry for Health Data Security

A report released by PwC’s Health Research Institute shows U.S. patients are concerned about the digital age, according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers. The report comes as millions more Americans are gaining health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and the $2.8 trillion U.S. health care sector undergoes major transformation.

Nearly 70 percent say they are concerned about health data via their smart phones and 78 percent are concerned about medical data security in general. Despite these concerns, the report indicates consumers are ready to take more charge of their health care.

“Established healthcare companies and new entrants are rapidly developing cost-efficient products and services tailored directly to consumers,” said Kelly Barnes, PwC partner.

PwC said 75 percent of their survey respondents were open to “extenders” like pharmacists and nurse practitioners delivering their care.

About the Author

Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.

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