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Title Privacy, Confidentiality, and Electronic Medical Records
Author(s) Randolph C. Barrows, Jr., MD; Paul D. Clayton, PhD
Source Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Vol. 3, No. 2, Pages 139-148
Publication Date March/April, 1996
Abstract The enhanced availability of health information in an electronic format is strategic for industry-wide efforts to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care, yet it brings a concomitant concern of greater risk for loss of privacy among health care participants. The authors review the conflicting goals of accessibility and security for electronic medical records and discuss nontechnical and technical aspects that constitute a reasonable security solution. It is argued that with guiding policy and current technology, an electronic medical record may offer better security than a traditional paper record.


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