In Katherine Rourke’s June 15th post “Can Providers Cope With EMR Security Challenges?”, she asks the question of whether doctors are prepared to deal with increased challenges dealing with IT security of electronic medical records. In my experience, this is mainly a challenge for practices that buy EMR software outright and host patient files on their own computers or server. This is in contrast to web-based and hosted EMR systems, in which the responsibility for data encryption and security falls to the vendor themselves. The vendor then becomes responsible for software issues, including updates when the security software becomes outdated, which it seems to do at least annually, if not more frequently. John Lynn seems to agree in his recent post over at EMRthoughts.com.
I can’t imagine any doctors having the time or training — or desire, frankly — to deal with such a rapidly evolving field. Such personnel should, in my opinion, not be trying to tackle this problem. Go with a web-hosted alternative instead. It’s much, much easier.
Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009. He can be reached at email@example.com.