The access, exchange, and use of electronic health information is essential for individuals to better manage their health care needs and share information with their providers and caregivers. Many hospitals and physicians possess capabilities that enable patients to view and download their health information. However, additional steps are needed to make health information more accessible and useful to individuals. A majority of individuals have smartphones and use applications (apps) to help them manage various tasks. The 21st Century Cures Act emphasizes the importance of making patient health information more easily accessible and the need for greater education regarding patients' rights to access their health information. This data brief uses the Health Information Trends Survey (HINTS), a nationally representative survey, to assess individuals' access, viewing and use of their online medical records, and the use of smartphone health apps and other electronic devices in 2017 and 2018.
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