The Security Of Electronic Health Records

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The conversion from paper documentation to computerized documentation has been challenging and advancing rapidly in healthcare. In addition, the quality and efficiency of healthcare have enhanced with technology and electronic medical record has improved delivery of health care. However, electronic health record users have experienced safety concerns from the design and usability of electronic health records. These concerns are linked to the functions and the features that are not optimally modified for the workflow of practice. Also, there are significant issues relating to interoperability of systems and exchange of communications between organizations without compromising the security of electronic health records (Hofert, 2013). The government …show more content…
Some of the legal issues include first, security breaches of electronic health records which can occur when confidential health information is share or release to others without the authorization of the patient which is violation of HIPAA and could bring legal issues to organizations or practitioners. Second, lack of security which makes electronic health information susceptible to theft and hacking, including other violations which can be intentional or unintentional violation and can bring legal and ethical issues to organization. Third, in proper or in adequate security measure such as lack of firewall, antivirus software and unauthorized access of records. Fourth, inadequate training issues which can relate in appropriate use and mistakes in creating electronic health records (Hofert, …show more content…
Cost of technology and staff frustration can be reduced through the designer of health information technology that meets the needs of the healthcare professionals. Furthermore, it is essential that healthcare organizations need to create and implement guidelines with the use of electronic communication in order to protect patient health information with ongoing technical support (____). In addition, there has to be leadership support and priority training and practices of the software before implementing change to new system. There has to be accountability on electronic communications and the security of electronic health record accessing. Healthcare organizations should create and implement guideline with respect to the use of electronic communication system (Sewell, 2016). Also, each facility has healthcare professional code of conduct which outlines the duties of individual practitioners in protecting patients and the organizations from legal breaches. Other precautions include, use of passwords access codes and accessing of systems by only authorized users. Organizations and practitioners are required to self-monitor and adhere to regulations through the compliance and breach publication

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