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A Criticism of the Current Security, Privacy and Accountability Issues in Electronic Health Records

Adebayo Omotosho, Justice Emuoyibofarhe Published in Security

International Journal of Applied Information Systems
Year of Publication: 2014
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10.5120/ijais14-451225
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  1. Adebayo Omotosho and Justice Emuoyibofarhe. Article: A Criticism of the Current Security, Privacy and Accountability Issues in Electronic Health Records. International Journal of Applied Information Systems 7(8):11-18, September 2014. BibTeX

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    	journal = "International Journal of Applied Information Systems",
    	year = 2014,
    	volume = 7,
    	number = 8,
    	pages = "11-18",
    	month = "September",
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Abstract

Cryptography has been widely accepted for security and partly for privacy control as discovered from past works. However, many of these works did not provide a way to manage cryptographic keys effectively especially in EHR applications, as this is the Achilles heel of cryptographic techniques currently proposed. The issue of accountability for legitimate users also has not been so popular and only a few considered it in EHR. Unless a different approach is used, the reliant on cryptography and password or escrow based system for key management will impede trust of the system and hence its acceptability. Also users with right access should also be monitored without affecting the clinician workflow. This paper presents a detailed review of some selected recent approaches to ensuring security, privacy and accountability in EHR and gaps for future research were also identified.

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Keywords

EHR, Privacy, Security, Accountability, Bio cryptography.