Why implement an electronic health records (EHR)? If designed properly, an EHR system can produce many benefits for health care organizations. As more and more health care organizations push forward to aggressively implement EHR systems, security and privacy of patient information is not always given the attention it deserves. Although most organizations have carefully addressed privacy concerns for paper records, they struggle to maintain the same vigilance when it comes to electronic records. Government regulations like health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPAA) and other state laws require providers and payers to follow strict guidelines concerning the security of their health systems, yet security breaches continue to occur with minimal repercussions. Why is this happening, how can it be prevented, and why should organizations prioritize security as a fundamental building block to their EHR implementation strategies?
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