A virus is a program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without your permission/knowledge. Once loaded, it begins to replicate within your computer, occupying all of your available memory and attaching itself to other programs. This will result in your system to cease working.
All computer viruses are manmade and therefore, there are several varieties. Depending on the type of virus, it may have the ability to bypass security systems and transmit across networks.
Virus Protection is a software program that is installed on your computer to prevent viruses.
This is an important element to consider when implementing an EHR. You are dealing with patient encounters, and would NEVER want a virus to load onto your computer. Imagine if all of the files had to be erased on your computer? This can be detrimental to your practice if you do not have your files backed up.
There are several different virus protection programs. Some examples include:
- Norton Antivirus
- McAfee Virus Protection
- Shield Deluxe 2009
- Webroot 6.0