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Computerized Patient Records Start Preparing Now.

Gobis, Linda J. JD, RN, FNP
Journal of Nursing Administration:
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Abstract

The quantity and sophistication of information contained in computerized patient records - quick access to data, the ability to combine and cross-match information from divergent sources, and the ease of transmitting large amounts of data - pose increased patient confidentiality risks and raise the stakes for hospitals and nurses in case of breach. Moreover, because the legal status of computerized medical records still is ill defined, these records are vulnerable to legal challenge, especially regarding their admissibility in court. The author discusses these two key areas - confidentiality and preparation for court.

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