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1. As an example, a large number of individuals may have legitimate needs to review a patient's medical records, making the determination of access rules extremely complicated. In an emergency room situation, information may have to be accessed by a care provider with whom the patient has had no prior relationship, perhaps even at a hospital the patient has never visited.
2. Timeliness is not critical in many health care functions, such as when information is transmitted for review at a later time. But in some cases, such as acute trauma and remote consultation, timeliness can be important.
3. CSTB has a project under way to examine issues related to the information technology workforce. Information is available online at <www.cstb.org>.break