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Author(s): ferreira, a
antunes, l
pinho, c
sa, c
mendes, e
santos, e
silva, f
sousa, f
gomes, f
abreu, f
mota, f
aguiar, f
faria, f
macedo, f
martins, s
cruz-correia, r
Title: Who should access electronic patient records
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: Access control to Electronic Patient Records (EPR) may greatly depend on users' objectives and needs. The purpose of this study is to assess the opinions of medical doctors within a university hospital towards access control to an EPR. We selected a randomized sample of 58 doctors from a university hospital and 45 structured interviews were applied. 42 respondents (93%) agree with the existence of access control levels to patient information according to healthcare professionals' category and 31 (69%) think that more sensitive information (e.g. HIV) should be accessed only by doctors that treat those patients. As 24 doctors (53%) feel that there is no need for them to see all information about all the patients, 41 (91%) think that nurses should not be able to do it also. Further, 31 doctors (69%) believe that patients themselves should not access their full medical record. These results show that it is very hard to get to a consensual policy regarding access control to. EPR by its regular users. There is therefore the need for a multidisciplinary agreement that can include healthcare professionals' experiences and needs in order to define the most appropriate and efficient way to perform access control to the EPR.
Subject: Ciências da computação e da informação
Computer and information sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências exactas e naturais::Ciências da computação e da informação
Natural sciences::Computer and information sciences
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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