Friday, May 17, 2013

EMRs: Balancing Access with Patient Privacy

Robert Wah, MD, Chief Medical Officer for CSC Global Health organization, says it's critical that healthcare professionals keep in mind patients' privacy concerns.

Dr. Wah believes patients will become more accepting of EHRs as they experience the benefits of having such information as their past medical history, medications, allergies, etc. available to their various healthcare providers.

"Patients recognize if their health information were to be exposed or distributed inappropriately, it’s a bell you cannot un-ring."
- Robert Wah, MD, CSC, chief medical officer and medical director for the CSC Global Healthcare organization
However, Wah emphasized that best practices, including technology, be employed to protect data, which will contribute to patients being more comfortable with having their health information in electronic format.

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Sources:
(a) EMRs: Balancing Improved Access with Patient Privacy Concerns - www.amnhealthcare.com, 03/26/2013

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