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Human Error Continues to Put Records at Risk

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 25, 2010

InformationWeek reports that although technological advancements and laws have made patient data more secure, human error continues to put medical records at risk. During a recent e-health panel at a symposium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, healthcare CIOs talked about the importance of training and reminding employees about ways to protect patient records, including securing laptops and mobile devices. The CIOs agreed that all healthcare facilities need to pay attention to audits and tracking through access and control software and that employees caught snooping in patient records should be fired, the report states. According to Julie Boughn, CIO of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, trust will be the key to adopting healthcare IT.
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