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The move from paper-based medical records systems to Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is rightly viewed as a step towards improving patient outcomes, increasing clinician productivity, and lowering costs. The transition, however, is often hampered by the challenge of providing secure access to patient information, particularly given the increased focus on regulatory compliance. From an IT perspective, the mandate is clear: access to patient information must be not only secure but also fast, convenient and reliable. Technologies that provide security but frustrate clinicians - either by slowing them down or adding steps to their everyday tasks - will slow adoption of EMR to a crawl.
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