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6 Alarming Facts About Electronic Health Records

One of the most difficult issues for a CIO to tackle is the ability to know who has access to what critical data and why. In the the case of healthcare and insurance providers, Electronic Health Records (EHR) contain even more valuable information than most data sources due to the sensitive and detailed nature of the information.

EHR systems are built to share information with other healthcare providers and organizations – such as laboratories, specialists, medical imaging facilities, pharmacies, emergency facilities, and school and workplace clinics – so they contain information from all clinicians involved in a patient’s care. More channels of information flow means more access to private patient information.

The heightened investment in EHR systems has unfortunately not been matched with corresponding investments in security.