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The most serious potential downfalls of Electronic Health Records and e-prescribing are hacking and data loss. These can be handled with security measures.
Electronic Health Records (EHR) allow for quick and accurate dispersal of patient information. On a daily basis this is more convenient and faster for the doctor and patient, but in an emergency it can be life-saving. The biggest drawback, though, is a potential for data loss or tampering.
Security systems need to be in place to ensure that patient data is secure and only the people who should have access are the ones who can access it. This can be done by providing specific protocol in entering and accessing patient information and by having good security programs on the servers and databases. There also needs to be extensive back-up and redundancy to prevent data loss. With these measures, you should experience the benefits of EHR and e-prescribing without the danger.
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