Saturday, December 06, 2008

The Double Standard for Web-Based EMRs

The Double Standard for Web-Based EMRs: " Why are some physicians still fearful of web-based electronic medical records (EMRs) when most of them are comfortable using web banking and e-commerce sites?

Many physicians allow all of their personal financial information to be transmitted over the Internet - including actionable credit card data - but fear using the same methods for managing their patient records.

It’s not irrational to be worried about security breaches on the web. But what is the likelihood of compromising patient data through a web-based EMR? Is it a higher or lower risk than web banking or e-commerce? And who would try to hack that information anyways?"

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