Importance of Cybersecurity in Electronic Health Records

Authors : Rakesh Margam

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 7 - July

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The health of a nation's population is a leading indicator of that nation's level of economic output. When it comes to the provision of medical services, the effectiveness of various health care facilities is directly proportional to the state of patients' health. The medical records of patients require special attention because they are a vital part of the treatment audit trail prior to the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, patients' records were organized and archived through a record management system in a designated storage facility. The paper-based records were susceptible to inaccuracies resulting from illegible handwriting and occasionally proved inadequate in the context of prescriptions. In spite of its benefits, the EHR system introduced a new level of vulnerability by making it possible for dishonest individuals to gain access to the digital records including patients' personal information. This research paper's major goal is to conduct a study on the value of cybersecurity in EHRs, the difficulties associated with healthcare data vulnerability, and the significance of cybersecurity in those contexts. A survey method was used as the methodology for this research. The questionnaire was sent out to 196 respondents who are knowledgeable with EHR and work in the healthcare sector in a variety of places around the United States. According to the conclusions of this survey, all of the respondents (98%) were in agreement that significant components that need to be adopted to secure the EHR system include correct disposal of media, ownership of privileged accounts, periodic system audits, and identification and authentication mechanisms.

Keywords : Cybersecurity; Electronic Health Records (EHR); Health Care.


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