Privacy in the Era of EHRs
MedSun: Newsletter #62, July 2011
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Clinical Laboratory News
As labs connect to Electronic Health Records (EHRs) within hospitals or with physician practices, they will need to lean heavily on their chief compliance officers, IT support, and other colleagues to make wise decisions about where and how lab results are delivered. Although adoption of EHRs may not advance quickly in all areas, both physicians and the public overwhelmingly agree that health IT is a key solution to healthcare quality and costs, a trend highlighted in a survey conducted by the Markle Foundation that was released in January. In the survey, approximately 80% of the public and 85% of physicians said that the government should require physicians and hospitals to share information to reduce medical errors and cut costs.
AACC Clinical Laboratory News. Privacy in the Era of EHRs. March 2011.