Electronic Health Records: Primer on Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality of EHRs

Feb 24, 2016

The transition from paper-based to electronic health record (EHR) systems in low- and middle-income countries poses some unique challenges for privacy and confidentiality, security, and data integrity and availability.

All of these challenges become more pressing with the rapid uptake of Internet services to share and access health information. Threats to the integrity of health information systems and the data they contain are real. Cyber security is required to prevent, detect, and act on unauthorized access to a health system and its information. Therefore, ensuring privacy, security, confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information in EHRs is absolutely necessary.

In MEASURE Evaluation's new resource, A Primer on the Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality of Electronic Health Records, authors Manish Kumar and Sam Wambugu address these challenges.

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