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Risks and Benefits of Technology in Health Care

Risks and Benefits of Technology in Health Care
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Author(s): Stefane Kabene (University of Western Ontario, Canada) and Melody Wolfe (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 12
Source title: Healthcare and the Effect of Technology: Developments, Challenges and Advancements
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Stéfane M. Kabene (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, France)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-733-6.ch004

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Abstract

The integration of technology into health care has created both advantages and disadvantages for patients, providers, and healthcare systems alike. This chapter examines the risks and benefits of technology in health care, with particular focus on electronic health records (EHRs), the availability of health information online, and how technology affects relationships within the healthcare setting. Overall, it seems the benefits of technology in health care outweigh the risks; however, it is imperative that proper measures are taken to ensure successful implementation and integration. Accuracy, validity, confidentiality, and privacy of health data and health information are key issues that must be addressed for successful implementation of technology.

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