Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Should Anti-Virus Protection be Built Into EHRs?


There are so many different anti-virus solutions that my head spins when I stop to compare and contrast each one. We have Norton (Symantec), AVG, McAfee, Trend Micro, Avast, Kaspersky, CA, and many more. When you start installing some of these security solutions on your PC, you can run into compatibility issues with some software. This can even happen when you install an Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution.

So, shouldn't EHR vendors simply integrate an anti-virus solution into their EHR? This way, every computer that runs that specific EHR will be protected, and this would also reduce the possibility of running into some compatibility problems. With growing concerns about data security, encryption, identity theft, and virus intrusions, EHR vendors should be partnering with anti-virus vendors to create a turn-key solution.

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