Architectural Safeguards

Lisa A. Gallagher

   In this chapter, you will learn how to

•  Describe the importance of architectural safeguards for designing, building, purchasing, and implementing safe and secure IT systems and medical devices

•  Define the relationship between reliability, availability, and safety as they impact healthcare IT systems

•  Identify basic design considerations for high-reliability healthcare IT systems


The introduction of certain technology platforms, such as electronic health records (EHRs), has highlighted concerns about the privacy, security, and availability of patient records. Other examples of IT systems used in healthcare enterprises include billing/financial systems, clinical decision support ...

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