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  1. Kopala, Beverly PhD, RN
  2. Mitchell, Mary Ellen MA, RN


ABSTRACT: There has been a proliferation in the use of digital health records. Although electronic records have many benefits, concerns have been raised about associated risks and barriers. This article focuses on risks associated with development, utilization, and maintenance of provider-owned electronic medical records and institution-owned electronic health records. Strategies to reduce risks and overcome barriers are also offered. Attention to these issues can minimize risks and improve healthcare services delivered to consumers.