Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 850–854

Rapid Growth in Use of Personal Health Records in New York, 2012–2013

  • Jessica S. Ancker
  • Michael Silver
  • Rainu Kaushal
Original Research

DOI: 10.1007/s11606-014-2792-2

Cite this article as:
Ancker, J.S., Silver, M. & Kaushal, R. J GEN INTERN MED (2014) 29: 850. doi:10.1007/s11606-014-2792-2



Giving patients access to their own medical data may help improve communication and engage patients in healthcare. As a result, the federal electronic health record (EHR) incentive program requires providers to offer electronic data sharing with patients via personal health records (PHRs) or other technologies.


We sought to estimate the rate of adoption of PHRs over a 2-year period.


Survey of 800 respondents (margin of error: 3.5 percentage points) in consecutive years of the Empire State Poll, an annual random-digit-dial telephone survey.


Adult New York State residents.


Self-reported use of a PHR.


The rate of reported PHR use rose from 11 % in 2012 to 17 % in 2013. The proportion of these PHRs provided by doctors or healthcare organizations also increased sharply (from 50 % in 2012 to 73 % in 2013, p < 0.01) with a corresponding decrease in the proportion provided by insurers.


The proportion of New York State residents using PHRs increased by more than 50 % (from 11 to 17 %) in advance of a federal incentive program requirement that healthcare organizations with EHRs must share electronic data with patients in order to receive their incentives.


personal health records electronic health records consumer informatics survey research 

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica S. Ancker
    • 1
  • Michael Silver
    • 1
  • Rainu Kaushal
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Healthcare Informatics and PolicyWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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