There are several benefits and concerns with having medical information electronically stored in an internet database which does not limit the use of patient records to a doctor’s office. Some issues with electronically stored medical records in an internet database is that not ever healthcare provider in the United States are keeping patient records in an electronic format. Other concerns are about the security and privacy of patient records (Keller, 2007). Patient records being stolen, sold to the highest bidder, or even used as blackmail is another concern with patients (Macdonald, 2007). Identity theft and fraud are also a concern with patient records. There are some benefits to having medical information electronically stored in an internet database, such as; the quality of care could improve and costs decrease when the patient’s health information is available over the internet to them and those who care for them. Doctors
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