Journal of Medical and Surgical
Research (JMSR)


Pages: 551-554

Date of Publication: 30-Nov--0001

Confidentiality in Electronic Health Records Systems: a Review

Author: Assiya El Kettani, Samy Housban, Zineb Serhier, Mohammed Bennani Othmani

Category: JMSR e-Health

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Confidentiality in Electronic Health Records systems (EHRs) entails that only authorized users can access information. It is related to transmission and storage security, but also proper authorization so that users can only access information they need to access. It is considered as one of the main concerns in implementing digital health records, in order to ensure continuity of care records and coordination between caregivers. This work focuses on listing and discussing legal issues and standards in health informatics security, data protection technics, access control methods and rights to access to data in EHRs. It also gives an overview of the Moroccan legislation on automatic processing of health data. These confidentiality sides should be considered to develop a safe efficient standard-based model of management of access to data, considering social and cultural factors. However, there are still challenges in making EHRs accessible to patients and the lack of common standards worldwide still constitute a barrier for an inter-organizational security.

Keywords: Confidentiality, Electronic Health Records, Information System


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