EMS hiccup


The recent discovery of a list of sensitive patient information from Stanford Hospital exposed at another website raises questions on the safety of electronic medical systems.

There are enough detractors of EMS as it is. This latest expose lays credence to their concerns. How secure can EMS be?

The key is not the system in question but the security software that is available. Investing in an appropriate security software, similar to those used by banks, may be an important step in ensuring that such an invasion does not take place.

Vendors, despite their involvement in the initial setting up and maintenance of the system, should not be allowed administrative access to sensitive data files.

There is no doubt that having an EMS is the way forward in improving patient care at busy hospital practices.