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Access-Privacy Balance Could Prove Elusive for Hospitals
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

There were audible grumbles from the experts in the room when talk turned to interoperability and privacy at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives 2010 CIO forum held in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday. It's a new era in terms of what systems can do, said Paul Tang, MD, vice president and CIO of Palo Alto (CA) Medical Foundation. And without access we put patients at risk. But will privacy concerns stand in the way of systems that can talk to each other across hospitals and other healthcare organizations? [Read More]
March 2, 2010
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Mission Driven, Financially Strong
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