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Electronic medical records: Confidentiality issues in the time of HIPAA.

by Margaret M. Richards
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice ()
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With the application of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the medical community, new issues arise for psychologists in keeping documented records of patient visits. Confi- dentiality limits have broadened, making use of the electronic medical record more complicated for the psychologist practitioner, particularly when serving as part of a multidisciplinary team. As the electronic medical record (EMR) has become more prevalent in multiple settings, various researchers have examined the effectiveness of this record keeping system, with a focus on improving patient outcomes. The risks and benefits of implementing an EMR will be discussed, focusing on specific considerations for psychologists in regard to confidentiality and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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