Most people aren’t accessing their medical records on their phones

Most people aren’t accessing their medical records on their phones


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Even as more and more people in the United States start to have access to their medical records online, most are still far more likely to use their computers to log in to patient portals than a smartphone app, according to a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Almost 40 percent of US adults said that they accessed their health records through a patient portal in 2020, according to the report, which analyzed data from the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) run by the National Cancer Institute. That’s up from 25 percent in 2014.

The survey only collected data from January through April 2020. That captures the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic when doctors started to…

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