EHR Passwords

Everyone has issues with passwords in their lives. I once saw a startup company who’s entire advertising at an event was a big screen that said “Kill Passwords.” They were mobbed by people that stopped to hear what they were doing (Sadly, they haven’t killed passwords yet).

Turns out that EHR users hate passwords too:

The responses to this thread are pretty epic. Here are a few of them that stood out to me:

Many doctors have felt like doing this…and a few have done it.

Sad, but true in some places.

Been there. In fact, I’m always there since some password I use reguarly is always changing on me.

This is what annoys me most. Many of these password policies aren’t based on security or they’re based on outdated security.

The best reason why IT professionals should get to know more reasonable password policies that are just as or even more secure.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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1 Comment

  • Simple solution. Password phrase, not password. 2 factor authentication for logins. What they all forget to say, after complaining buckets about passwords, is that they left their password on the yellow sticky which the cleaning staff absconded. They can’t have 123456 as a password or password as a password. They aren’t writing the checks for the breach violations. They just plain hate EMRs and this is just another way of making that perfectly clear. They aren’t data entry clerks. And we can go on for days, weeks, months and years.
    I wonder if you could survey how many of these same doctors get bent out of shape when they have to change the pin to their credit cards or change the locks on a door?

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