BC Advantage - 2005 Issue 10

Web-Based Electronic Medical Records Offer Portability, Disaster Protection

In areas of Louisiana and Mississippi affected by Hurricane Katrinarelated flooding, nearly 6,000 physicians directly involved in patient care were displaced, and numerous others suffered disruptions to their practice. As offices flooded and charts became waterlogged or computer discs were damaged, loss of medical records directly threatened patient care. Even worse, patient records containing identifying data and other sensitive information may have floated downstream into the wrong hands, leaving patients susceptible to loss of privacy and even identity theft. "There is concern about privacy issues, identity theft, and the ability of physicians to continue caring for their patients...

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