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Americans Not Concerned with Data Privacy — For the Most Part


By Truven Staff/Monday, December 1, 2014
Truven Health recently conducted a nationwide poll, in conjunction with NPR, to investigate data privacy concerns. The results? Generally, Americans are comfortable with the idea that medical data is shared with employers and health plans. Most of us are willing to share our anonymized data with health researchers. Most of our providers have electronic medical records, and many of us have reviewed our own information. We don’t have a lot of reason to worry about unauthorized access; barely 5 percent have ever been notified of a security breach. 

But we don’t want to share everything with everyone. Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Taylor, was shocked to learn that more than three-quarters of Americans would not be willing to share their social and credit card data with their providers and health plans, even if it would improve their overall health. 

NPR’s take on the poll: medical data privacy is not a big concern for most people. Our take: As always, we prefer to let the data speak for itself.

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