Admittedly, putting an interconnected network of EMR systems throughout a country is a daunting prospect and will be time-consuming and expensive. Getting a single facility to make the switchover from standard physical records would be a challenge. The cost of purchasing the required equipment, providing training for staff and the long task of converting existing records into an electronic format have given most medical facilities reason for pause. In addition, with this technology there are associated privacy concerns. As one Director of Information Systems by the name of Lincoln Stein outlined in a paper (Stein, 1997), these concerns are over the possibility of the system being ‘hacked’ into or even legitimate access being abused by inquisitive personnel. These crucial issues have to be addressed from the outset of the design of any such system. However, they are not insurmountable and careful forethought and security restrictions the EMR system can be protected and considered safe. The potential good of its implementation outweighs with the potential bad. In contrast to the current paper archives, EMR allows for redundancy in the face of calamity.
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