National Partnership for Women & Families

MEDIA ALERT: At Key Moment as Government is Incentivizing Health Information Technology, New Survey Examines Consumer Confidence and Concerns

Wednesday Release for "Making IT Meaningful: How Consumers Value and Trust Health IT"
Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2012 —
The most in-depth survey ever to probe consumer attitudes toward health information technology (IT) will be released on an audio press briefing at:

2:00 pm Eastern Time, Wednesday, February 15, 2012


  • Christine Bechtel, Vice President of the National Partnership for Women & Families, which commissioned the survey
  • Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ted Eytan, MD, Director, The Permanente Federation, Kaiser Permanente

Dial In: 1-800-311-9403; Passcode: HealthIT
URL to View PowerPoint:

David Krane, Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Research at Harris Interactive, which fielded the survey, will be on the call to answer questions.

The online survey of nearly 2,000 respondents, with an oversample of Hispanics, details consumer experiences with both electronic and paper medical record systems. Intended to serve as a baseline for longitudinal tracking, the survey looks at how consumers value electronic vs. paper records, how concerned they are about data breaches, and whether they trust electronic medical records more or less than paper records to protect their privacy. It is designed to amplify consumers’ voices and inform implementation of health IT. "Making IT Meaningful" was funded by the Commonwealth Fund, Merck & Co., Inc., WellPoint, Inc. and the California HealthCare Foundation.

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NOTE: Embargoed copies of the new survey will be available beginning Tuesday at 4:00 pm from Freya Riedlin at 202/986-2600 or Lisa Lederer at 202/371-1999. Beginning at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, it will be online at

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at

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