Securing Patient Records with Help from Document Management Services

The EHR (electronic health records, also referred to as EMR – electronic medical records) is a recent concept that has emerged in the health care industry, partly to comply with the HIPAA rules in protecting patients’ privacy. An EHR is a digital compilation of a patient’s health information, including the patient’s personal data, doctor consultation reports, hospital records, and all other details relating to the individual’s health history.

Bran Honigman writes in Forbes.com that EHRs allow doctors to “to have an indication of the quality of care they provide.” EHRs also give medical practitioners an alternative to paper records which the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has identified to be more at-risk to privacy breaches than electronic records. Needless to say, the information in EHRs should also be held in the strictest confidence, and privacy rights to these records are likewise protected by the HIPAA.
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