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Privacy Enhancing Technologies in Electronic Health Records

Privacy Enhancing Technologies in Electronic Health Records
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Author(s): Christian Stingl (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria) and Daniel Slamanig (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 21
Source title: Ubiquitous Health and Medical Informatics: The Ubiquity 2.0 Trend and Beyond
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sabah Mohammed (Lakehead University, Canada) and Jinan Fiaidhi (Lakehead University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-777-0.ch014

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Abstract

In recent years, demographic change and increasing treatment costs in North American and European countries demand the adoption of more cost efficient, highly qualitative and integrated health care processes. The rapid growth and availability of the Internet facilitate the development of eHealth services and especially of electronic health records (EHRs) which are promising solutions to meet the aforementioned requirements. The EHR integrates all relevant medical information of a person and represents a lifelong documentation of the medical history. Considering implementations of EHRs, one of the most critical factors of success is the protection of the patient’s privacy, which is clearly reflected in surveys concerning such systems. This chapter will provide a security analysis of EHR systems, discuss basic and enhanced security methods and finally introduce levels of security to classify EHR systems.

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