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Opinion: Cloud Improves Patient Privacy

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

March 11, 2011

There is little doubt that patient care will improve as hospitals gradually move electronic medical records (EMRs) to the cloud, opines Anthony Wright in itbusiness.ca. Wright says the cloud offers lifesaving benefits because the EMRs it stores allow for physician and hospital patient information sharing and improves privacy and security by preventing files from being stolen, misplaced or accessed in the way that paper files could be. But Wright cautions that privacy protection protocols must be addressed. "There will be information from the public cloud that people will want in EMRs. The question yet to be answered is who will manage and govern data privacy, and how?
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