UK Citizen Attitudes on the Access to Electronic Health Records

Buchanan, W., Smales, A. (2013). UK Citizen Attitudes on the Access to Electronic Health Records. Not Submitted, , (), .

ISSN: 0033-3506


While many industries have been radically changed with the usage of the IT and the Internet, health care within the UK still seems to be slow in adopting IT. This paper thus outlines a survey on the attitudes to the access to electronic health records, and shows that there is a current demand for not only access to electronic health records (EHR), but also to actually own them. The UK Government has set an ambitious target of 2015 for every UK citizen to gain access to their electronic health record. In this survey there is some doubt in whether this is likely to be achieved, with respondents quoting problems around the integration of IT systems and in barriers from health and social care professionals being identified as barriers.
The paper also shows that users in the survey often require high-levels of assurance in the identity provision that is used in health record access. A key finding is that users mostly prefer to use an identity provision method that they control, along with one which has high levels of assurance, and this re-enforces the viewpoint that LOA (Level of Assurance) 3+ should be used to control the access for public access to electronic patient records.
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William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
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Adrian Smales
Research Fellow
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Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.
The way healthcare is delivered changes rapidly. The reasons are demographic and societal changes, austerity and rapid progressive technologies. Care models are shifting from specialist oriented hospital based to distributed, patient centred care.

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    Keywords: ehealth, security