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Design of a Secure Electronic Medical Records Process Using Secure Activity Resource Coordination



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 7, Number 2 (2011)
Pages 4977
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Ravi Thambusamy — The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA
Rahul Singh — The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




Organizations create customer value through effective use of information systems to implement their business processes. This often involves sharing information within and across multiple organizations to accomplish objectives. In the health care environment, health care providers and their partner organizations use Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems to streamline their business processes, achieve cost savings and improve the quality of care. Security concerns with technology, particularly for inter-organizational business processes, have a significant impact on user perceptions and nature of use of the technology. While EMRs have tremendous benefits, studies have shown that the perceived security of EMRs among users is low. In this paper, we demonstrate the application of the Secure Activity Resource Coordination (SARC) approach to design a secure EMR business process. We illustrate the utility of our approach by developing the design of an artifact with improved security for an inter-organizational EMR business process. We use a case study in a multi-practice primary care practice organization. The process description is part of a case study from an organization engaged in the medical transcription and billing business processes. We discuss the contextually situated evaluation of the enhanced security of the business process design using the SARC artifact.




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