Poll shows nationwide support for EMRs, but older generation differs on usage

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Most Americans support the use of electronic medical records, a new poll finds. But fewer older people are as likely to take advantage of them.

A total of 72% of those polled favor increased use of EMRs, while 23% oppose the use, according to Erickson Retirement Communities, which released results of its poll of 800 registered voters this week. But about half of seniors 65 and older said that they would not routinely track their healthcare online if EMRs were made available. Among the under-65 set, a greater number said they would use the technology more frequently, the poll found.

In related news, health information technology legislation likely will not be a priority this year, congressional aides from each party have said. While most lawmakers are in favor of such legislation, reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program and other items are expected to dominate the agenda.