Integrated Public Healthcare Information System

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Recent reforms in health care, such as the passage of measures mandating electronic health care records, make unified public health information systems an increasingly viable option for providers, insurance companies, and care facilities. An examination of the experience of the Missouri Department of Health indicates that the construction of such a system based on information engineering has a number of benefits but only if properly implemented with prudent foresight. Some of the most valuable lessons learned that can assist other health care providers with the implementation of a similar system include protecting client confidentiality, procuring funding, sharing information with other agencies, gaining executive sponsorship, and allocating a sufficient amount of time and resources to such an undertaking. Protecting the confidentiality of information in a system such as MOHSAIC is a very real concern for patients. Others looking to utilize such a system should be aware that specific measures need to be taken to protect that confidentiality, which include allowing clients to choose who has options to their records, making password requirements for access, as well as monitoring access of information via auditing (Land et al, 2004). This combination of measures can ensure confidentiality. Agencies should realize that procuring funding for a unified information engineering system may present difficulties from individual sources, which typically only have funding for their
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