In regards to widespread EHR adoption, one of the top concerns among physicians and patients is maintaining privacy and security of sensitive medical information. Interoperable health information is another worry, as federal standards for an EHR require that it have the capacity to share health data between physicians, medical facilities, and state and federal governments. These are justifiable concerns that may be restraining physicians and medical practices from racing onto the health information highway.

Transcribed physician notes are dictated to provide in-depth detail of their patients’ care and treatment. With an EHR, this dictation must be translated into digitized information and assimilated. However, converting transcriptions into a secure, digitized format for electronic sharing with other doctors, hospitals and health care providers is a challenge without a unified format for the exchange of this information. In recent news, it was announced that the Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA) and ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business, have formed a consortium to tackle this endeavor.

Continue reading: Tackling Privacy and Security Concerns of EHRs: New Consortium to Develop Common Standards for Electronic Sharing of Physician-Dictated Patient Notes