Sign In

Communications of the ACM


Access Controls and Healthcare Records: Who Owns the Data?

data silos, illustration

Credit: Getty Images

back to top 

You need not be an expert with years of healthcare data-management experience to conclude the field is a hot mess. One visit to a hospital, clinic, or pharmacy can convince you of that. Burdened by legacy and fragmented into silos so alien from one another they can scarcely communicate, healthcare recordkeeping has for decades frustrated any and all efforts to unify it.

The underlying reason couldn't be more obvious: Each clinic, hospital, practice, and pharmacy operates its own isolated record-management system. The platforms and techniques vary from organization to organization, with almost no provisions having been made to share any of the information.


No entries found

Log in to Read the Full Article

Sign In

Sign in using your ACM Web Account username and password to access premium content if you are an ACM member, Communications subscriber or Digital Library subscriber.

Need Access?

Please select one of the options below for access to premium content and features.

Create a Web Account

If you are already an ACM member, Communications subscriber, or Digital Library subscriber, please set up a web account to access premium content on this site.

Join the ACM

Become a member to take full advantage of ACM's outstanding computing information resources, networking opportunities, and other benefits.

Subscribe to Communications of the ACM Magazine

Get full access to 50+ years of CACM content and receive the print version of the magazine monthly.

Purchase the Article

Non-members can purchase this article or a copy of the magazine in which it appears.