Electronic Medical Records

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Protecting Electronic Personal Health Information in a Healthcare Setting
The healthcare sector is faced by numerous challenges that have made it difficult to deliver health care services effectively. The challenges include patient’s expectations for improved and safe care, need for high quality of life aging society, shortage of healthcare professionals and high cost of compliance and new technological implementation. A survey done by the Ponemon Institute has shown that outdated means and communication and HIPPAA have made it difficult to deliver healthcare services more effectively. The report published in Computerworld HIPPA compliant modalities reduced the time given to patients care, restricted the use of electronic communication and
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Deficient communication tools, on the other hand, have also done a lot to decrease the communication tools, on the other hand, have also done a lot to decrease the level of productivity in health workers. For example, by reducing the amount of time, a doctor spends on a patient. In the same vein, the process of implementing modern forms of communication such as text messaging and use of smartphone have also been impede by overly restrictive security policies. Although the idea of shifting from paper based Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) was meant to enhance patient care by booting efficiency levels, the process has often been marred by new privacy risks.

The Characteristics of a Healthcare Security System
Healthcare records are a highly precious commodity; for this reason, the health care organizations must invest in the right technologies and training to help diminish the ever growing threat of data breaches. To ensure seamless information technology implementation and flow, IT department’s musts come up with solutions that meet security and privacy compliance to protect patient information. Successful implementation of various infrastructural and networking services and products in healthcare organizations requires the realization of the IT outcomes to ensure better healthcare. The outcomes include:
• Improving patient safety
• Increasing
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The process also involves periodical plan review, especially when there is a change in the information system. Most data security breaches in healthcare setting are caused by improper disposal of medical records. These problems are especially common where there are unclear transportation policies for portable devices or where employees are not trained on how to handle medical records. Breaches in data security can also arise as a result of broken lock, stealing of computing devices and human error as a due to failed physical safeguards. For this reason, putting in place enough safeguards and right contingency plans is of utmost

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