A patient's health records are a valuable component of any practice. Ensuring their security and safety is of the utmost importance. This includes protection from both internal and external threats.
While most health care professionals would rather not think about their employees stealing, destroying or alternating vital confidential information it is nevertheless a possibility. External threats could be anything from a virus corrupting the record to a hacker intentionally seeking out confidential information. Regardless of who does the damage, it is important to protect patient's documents from both internal and external sources.
Internal threats are most easily overcome through the creation of users and defining user privileges. By designing and segregating staff into different categories (examples: administrative, staff) a clinic can better control who has access to what type of information. This ensures that no one person will have access to the entire contents of a patient's health history aside from the highest administrative professionals. By keeping data restricted the chance of the information leaking out is greatly diminished.
When installing the hardware and network aspects of a clinic's EHR system it is important to keep these threats in mind. Talk with the company who is guiding your clinic towards interconnectivity through the installation of a network. These professionals are well versed in determining the amount of and type of security your practice will need in order to preserve your document's confidentiality.
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