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Title The Computer-Based Medical Record and Confidentiality
Author(s) Beverly Woodward, PhD
Source NEJM, Vol. 333, No. 21, Pages 1419-1422
Publication Date Nov. 23, 1995
Abstract In spite of the computer's obvious usefulness, its use in medical care is replete with problems. The greatest concern is the threat to confidentiality. Even before the introduction of the computer, confidentiality deteriorated as care provided by large groups became more common. But computerized records, particularly if embedded in large networks designed to collect comprehensive lifelong data, can rapidly accelerate that trend. Other issues also arise...

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