Semnan University of Medical Sciences

Research and Technology Vice Chancellor

Kahouei, Mehdi and Mahdi Zadeh, Jamileh and Abbasi, Zainab (2016) Threats and solutions for the security of electronic patient record (EPR) in a developing country. IIOAB Journal. pp. 432-437.

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    Introduction: The current policy of the Ministry of Health of Iran is to make an extensive use of information technology in the field of health and establish Electronic Patient Records (EPR). Therefore, addressing the issue of information security is of great importance. This study raised questions such as what threats to and solutions for the security of EPR are proposed and prioritized by the health care staffs. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 400 employees of hospitals affiliated to Semnan University of Medical Sciences of Iran. A valid, reliable and anonymous self-administered questionnaire was used in this study. Results: Mean score of human factors was 2.63 and of system defects was 1.96 as EPR threats. 86(36.6%) of the participants selected codified programs, 72(30%) of them chose managerial supports, 51(21.4%) of the study subjects selected continuous monitoring and 41(17.3%) chose the development of standards as the first priorities of the EPR security solutions. Resistance in new technology acceptance and inadequate education had significant and direct relationships with the threat of human factors (B=0.359, P<0.001) (B=0.521, P<0.001). Technical factors had significant and direct relationship with the threat of systemic defects (B=0.464, P<0.001).Conclusion: Administrators, developers, and analysts of information systems in health care organizations can use these results not only to establish information systems, but also to pay more attention to the different dimensions of EPR security. In addition, they can train the staffs, to promote the organizational culture.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Medical Sciences > School of Medicine
    Depositing User: Mr Vahab Moshtaghi
    Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2017 13:17
    Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 13:17

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