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Health Information Exchange

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HIE is the capability of health information systems to electronically exchange information with other systems, while maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the information being exchanged.

It involves the ability to share clinical and administrative information electronically to enable health care providers and administrative worker to make better decisions, be more effective and more efficient.

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March 21st, 2012 at 4:06 am

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Cloud Computing

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  • Cloud computing is the use of the internet and remote servers to store data and use applications.
  • Cloud computing allows for the provision of shared resources, software, and information to local computers and other devices as a metered service over the Internet.
  • Cloud computing allows users to use applications without installing them on local computers.
  • Cloud computing allows users to access their data and files using any computer with internet access.
  • This technology allows for much more efficient computing by centralizing storage, memory, and processing.
  • Cloud computing provides computation, software, data access, and storage resources without requiring users to know the location and other details of the computing infrastructure.
  • An example of cloud computing is Hotmail or Gmail. Users only need a computer connected to the internet to start sending emails.


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February 26th, 2012 at 9:41 am

Practice Fusion Videos

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Group 1:

  1. 1: How to Log in (1:48)
  2. 1: How to Log in (1:41)
  3. 1: Import Patients (1:56)
  4. 1: Intro to Lab Integration (1:11)
  5. 1: Patient Import Tutorial (3:49)
  6. 1: Take a Tour of Practice Fusion b (4:48)
  7. 1: Using the Clipboard (0:50)
  8. Adding Patients (1:24)
  9. Adding Patients (1:12)
  10. Adding Users EMR (1:12)
  11. Allergy Management Tutorial (2:12)
  12. Allergy: Maintain Allergy List (C6) (1:27)
  13. Allergy: Recording Allergies (0:57)
  14. Billing with Kareo Integration (1:08)
  15. Billing: Superbills (1:01)
  16. Care Summary Record (2:11)
  17. Charting Demo (7:00)
  18. Charting with Templates (1:04)
  19. Charting: Diagnoses, Medications and Allergies (2:54)
  20. Charting: Patient Dashboard (2:38)
  21. Charting: Starting a Chart Note (1:36)
  22. Charting: Templates (4:18)
  23. ChartShare Behind the Scenes (2:41)
  24. ChartShare for Referral Letters (4:10)
  25. Clinical Summaries (C13) (1:49)
  26. Clinical Decision Support Rules (0:59)
  27. Clinical Information: Export and Exchange Clinical Information (C14) (1:08)
  28. Clinical Quality Indicators: Recording Clinical Quality Indicators (0:31)
  29. Clipboard Tutorial (1:44)
  30. Cloud Computing with Dell and Prac (1:10)
  31. Computerized Physician Order Entry for Medication Orders (C1) (1:45)
  32. Demographics: Editing Patient Demographics (1:12)
  33. Demographics: Record Demographics (C7) (1:19)
  34. ….
  35. Diagnosis: Recording Diagnosis History (1:15)
  36. Document Management Demo (2:52)
  37. Documents: Uploading Documents (1:03)
  38. Drug Interactions Checking (1:36)
  39. Drug Interaction Checks (C2) (1:56)
  40. EHR Features (2:18)
  41. EHR: Free Web-Based EHR (1:37)
  42. EHR: Three Questions to Ask Any EHR Vendor (3:11)
  43. Electronic Lab Integrations (2:04)
  44. EMR Adoption Made Easy (2:43)
  45. EMR Integration: Connect Your EHR To Vital Patient (1:21)
  46. EMR Myths (4:01)
  47. EMR: Making the EMR Transition in Your Practice (4:52)
  48. EMR: The Importance of EMR Ease of Use (3:48)
  49. EMR: Unique EMR (1:36)
  50. e-Prescribing (0:56)
  51. e-Prescribing (21:52)
  52. e-Prescribing Training (15:56)
  53. e-Prescribing Training (15:49)
  54. e-prescribing: Activate Your e-Prescribing (1:00)
  55. e-Prescribing: Advanced ePrescribing (3:41)
  56. e-Prescribing: How to e-Prescribe (1:40)
  57. e-prescribing: Responding to Refill Requests (1:08)
  58. Equipment Readiness (3:36)
  59. Facility Management (0:50)
  60. Facility Management Tutorial (1:56)
  61. Free Bidirectional Lab Integration (1:03)
  62. HITECH and Meaningful Use Tips for Doctors (2:31)
  63. HITECH Part 1: Meaningful Use of a Certified EMR (8:23)
  64. HITECH Part 2: Meaningful Use Steps and the EHR Incentive Timeline” (8:25)
  65. HITECH Part 3: The EMR Certification Process and Next Steps (8:19)
  66. HITECH Part 4: Practice Fusion, Your Practice and EMR Incentives” (5:35)
  67. Immunization : Create Immunization Record (0:54)
  68. Integarion: LabCorp Integration (1:12)
  69. Integration: Quest Diagnostics Integration Tutorial (1:33)
  70. Lab: Ordering Lab Results (0:55)
  71. Lab: Structured Lab Results (1:44)
  72. Medication List: Maintain Medication List (1:12)
  73. Medication List: Maintain Medication List (C5) (1:39)
  74. medication list: Recording Medication List and prescribing (1:21)
  75. Medication Management Tutorial (3:20)
  76. Messaging: Secure Messaging Demo (1:57)
  77. Messaging: Secure Messaging Tutorial (4:03)
  78. Messaging: Sending Secure Messages (1:07)
  79. Mobile Health with Dell and Practi (1:04)
  80. Patient Education Resources (0:33)
  81. Patient Electronic Access (1:26)
  82. Patient Lists (M3) (1:05)
  83. Patient Management Tutorial (6:24)
  84. PHR Enrollment (1:28)
  85. PHR Enrollment Tutorial (3:16)
  86. Practice Fusion (4:00)
  87. Practice Fusion (3:09)
  88. Practice Fusion (2:11)
  89. Practice Fusion API (2:16)
  90. Practice Manager (2:42)
  91. Practice Manager (10:08)
  92. Practice Manager (9:35)
  93. Practice Manager (9:37)
  94. Practice Manager (9:45)
  95. Primary Care Provider (3:30)
  96. Problem List: Maintain Problem List (C3) (1:47)
  97. Public Health Surveillence (0:54)
  98. Referal: Electronically Refer Patients Directly From Your EMR (3:47)
  99. Referral: Setting Up Your Referral Network (1:01)
  100. Reminders: Sending Patient Reminders (M4) (1:07)
  101. Reports: Running Reports (0:49)
  102. Research Database (1:19)
  103. Scheduler Tutorial (4:24)
  104. Scheduling Appointments (1:24)
  105. Sending and Responding (2:02)
  106. Smoking Status: Record Smoking Status (C9) (0:57)
  107. Smoking Status: Recording Smoking Status (0:35)
  108. Templates: Customizing Templates (1:45)

Group 2:

  1. Doctors Going Digital (2:45)
  2. Live Demonstration (10:51)
  3. Meaningful Use Deep Dive (35:16:00)
  4. Meaningful Use Clinical Quality Measure Review – P (27:08:00)
  5. Meaningful Use Panel (10:59)
  6. Meaningful Use Panel ( (9:15)
  7. Meaningful Use Panel (Part 1) (9:27)
  8. Meaningful Use Panel (Part 4) (9:27)
  9. Meaningful Use Webina (23:55)
  10. Multiple Facility Bariatric Practice (2:24)
  11. New EHR Features 8th October 2009 (2:27)
  12. New Features 9th March 2010 (1:50)
  13. Nurse Level Training (23:50)
  14. Ob-Gyn Specialist (2:46)
  15. Onsite EHR Support (2:51)
  16. Provider Level Training (29:33:00)
  17. Set-Up Process for Practice Fusion’s Free, Web-Based EMR (1:28)
  18. Staff/ Admin Level Training (26:04:00)
  19. Tech Savvy House Call Practitioner (2:31)
  20. Training for Nurses (12:12)
  21. Training for PA/NP/Nurse (33:35:00)
  22. Training for Physicians (32:28:00)
  23. Training for Physicians (23:11)
  24. Training for Practice Staff (16:38)
  25. Training for Staff (34:21:00)
  26. Users Tutorial (4:34)
  27. Vaccine Management & Immunization History Tutorial (2:44)
  28. Vaccine Management and (1:17)
  29. Vital Signs: Record Vital Signs (C8) (1:11)
  30. Vital Signs: Recording Vital Signs (0:40)
  31. Welcome to Practice Fusion (1:49)
  32. Welcome to Practice Fusion’s EMR (1:17)
  33. Who uses Practice Fusion? (2:44)
  34. Why Choose a Web-Based EHR? (1:09)
  35. Why You are Important at Practice Fusion (4:16)

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February 16th, 2012 at 7:37 am

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Information System

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An information system (IS) is defined as the organized combination of people, hardware, software, communication networks, and data resources that collects, stores, processes, transforms, displays, transmits disseminates and disposes information in accordance with defined procedures.

  • Disposition: the act or means of getting rid of something.
  • Dissemination: the distribution of information broadly.
  • Processing: the manipulation of data in accordance with established instructions, manually or by computer. Processing by computer is the manipulation of data in accordance with its instructions, or programming.
  • Transmission: the process of sending information from one point to another.

An IS may be automated (e.g., a computerized information system) or manual (e.g., a library’s card catalog).

Any IS is made of 6 components: hardware, software, data/database, network, policies and procedures and people.

An Information System (IS) consists of six components, namely:

  1. Humans, which consists of IT specialists (such as a Database Administrator or Network Engineer) and end-users (such as doctors, nurses, etc…).
  2. Hardware, which consists of all the physical aspects of an information system, ranging from peripherals to computer parts and servers.
  3. Software, which consists of System Software, Application Software and Utility Software.
  4. Networks, which consists of communication media and network support.
  5. Data, which consists of all the knowledge and databases in the IS.
  6. Policies and procedures that governs the utilization, use and management of the information system.


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  3. Healthcare Information Systems (4:43)

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January 31st, 2012 at 10:15 am

Electronic Health Record

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  • “The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a secure, real-time, point-of-care, patient-centric information resource for clinicians. The EHR aids clinicians’ decision making by providing access to patient health record information where and when they need it and by incorporating evidence-based decision support. The EHR automates and streamlines the clinician’s workflow, closing loops in communication and response that result in delays or gaps in care. The EHR also supports the collection of data for uses other than direct clinical care, such as billing, quality management, outcomes reporting, resource planning, and public health disease surveillance and reporting.” HIMSS Electronic Health Record – Definitional Model Version 1.1 – 2003
  • “A longitudinal collection of personal health information of a single individual, entered or accepted by health care providers, and stored electronically. The record may be made available at any time to providers, who have been authorized by the individual, as a tool in the provision of health care services. The individual has access to the record and can request changes to its content. The transmission and storage of the record is under strict security.” Federal/Provincial/ Territorial Advisory Committee on Health Infostructure (2001)
  • Simply, it is a repository (collection) of information related to patient’s health in electronic (computer) form.


 Benefits of Electronic Health Record:

Health information technology includes interoperable electronic records, e-prescribing, physician order entry systems, and clinical decision support systems. Health information technology can reduce errors, improve coordination, and diminish administrative inefficiencies. Properly implemented and widely adopted, HIT would save money and significantly improve health care quality. (RAND)


Health Informatics

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Health informatics is the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. It deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, dissemination and use of information in health and biomedicine.

Health informatics is the study and application of methods to improve the management of data, information and knwoledge relevant to patient care and community health.

Health informatics tools include not only computers but also clinical guidelines, health care terminologies, and information and communication systems.

Sub-domains of or health care informatics include: clinical informatics, nursing informatics, imaging informatics, consumer health informatics, public health informatics, dental informatics, clinical research informatics, bioinformatics, veterinary informatics, and pharmacy informatics.


  1. What is Healthcare Informatics? by Stephan Kudayba (6:04)
  2. What is Health Informatics? by Dr. David Zitner (3:44)
  3. How one hospital is using health informatics to provide health care (4:40)
  4. Texas Children’s Hospital-Healthcare Information Systems (4:43)
  5. Health Informatics as defined by Edward Shortliffe (8:56)
  6. Informatics and Health Informatics by Don Detmer (3:17)

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January 21st, 2012 at 6:08 am

Supply Chain Management Software

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A Supply Chain Management Software (SCMS), is a specialized electronic information System for requisitioning, procurement, receipt, handling, distribution, and charge capture of supply and asset inventory control.

Key Features of Supply Chain Management Software:

  • Order Management
    SCMS can dramatically accelerate the execution of the entire order-to-delivery cycle by helping hospitals to more productively generate and track sales orders.
  • Dynamic Scheduling of Deliveries
    SCMS enables the dynamic scheduling of supplier deliveries to more effectively meet demand.
  • Purchasing and Procurement
    SCMS can fully automate and streamline all activities and tasks associated with  sourcing, purchasing, and payables.
  • Inventory Management
    SCMS can improve the way organizations track and manage their supplies of raw materials and components needed for providing health services.
  • Forecasting and Planning
    With a supply chain software, hospitals can more accurately anticipate demand, and plan their procurement accordingly. As a result, they can avoid unnecessary purchases of supplies, eliminate service over-runs, and prevent the need to store excess supplies in stores.
  • EDI for Supply Chain Management
    SCMS throguh Electronic Data Interchange allows organization link to its trading partners to electronically send transactions such as purchase orders, price/catalogs and invoices electronically.
  • RFID and Barcoding
    SCMS integrates RFID and Barcoding technologies in their operations.
  • User-Defined Cost Centers
    SCMS allows users to define cost centers as per facilities policies.
  • Accountablity and Tracking
    SCMS allows to track movement, and receipt of supplies and equipment and helps answers for the “who, what, when, and where” associated with the receipt, movement and consumption of each supply item.
  • Accurate Capture of Data and Cost Information
    Scanning technology used by SCMS facilitates ease of data capture while ensuring accuracy and point-of-care charge capture.
  • Surgical Instrument Management
    SCM helps hospitals gain greater visibility and control of surgical instruments, enabling hospitals to reduce costs through optimized instrument inventory levels, improved instrument utilization rates and increased productivity of staff assembling surgical trays. This will help hospital bottom line and enhance customer satisfaction by reducing the number of delayed or cancelled surgeries.
  • Efficient ordering
    Allows for more efficient ordering of supplies based on a more accurate overall picture of available inventories
  • Waiting time
    Helps to reduce wait time for supplies
  • Mobility
    SCMS allows for using a variety of delivery mediums (Desktop, PDAs, Web-based, and hard copy).
  • Return Management
    SCMS can simplify and accelerate the inspection and handling of defective, near expiry or expired supplies.
  • Contract Management
    SCMS helps organizations manage the creation of supplies purchasing contracts.
  • Management Reporting & Notification
    SCMS allows for vendor and contract compliance reporting; ad-hoc reporting; automated notifications. Reporting includes receiving reports, consumption reports, cost center reporting, and damage/return item reporting


National Drug Code (NDC)

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The NDC is a universal number that identifies a drug.

A National Drug Code (NDC) number is a unique number assigned to a product that identifies the manufacturer, drug, packaging size, and type. It appears on all drug labels

The National Drug Code (NDC) is a universal product code used as an identifier for every unique commercially available drug product for human use in the USA.

Developed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1969.

FDA used the Drug Listing Act of 1972 to create a current list of all drugs manufactured, prepared, propagated, compounded, or processed by a drug establishment registered under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The NDC system was originally established by Medicare as an essential part of an outpatient drug reimbursement program and as a method to identify drugs during commercial distribution.

NDC is used for

  • NDC is used for institutional billing.
  • The NDC is used to identify the manufacturer and the medicine
  • NDC  is used as identifier for drugs intended for human use.
  • The NDC is used to report prescribed drugs and biologics to enhance claim reporting .

NDC is used by

  • NDC numbers are used throughout the drug supply chain. Users extend from
    pharmaceutical firms,
    distribution system,
    medical community,
    insurance industry, and

NDC can help to reduce or prevent medication errors, by assisting in the safe dispensing of medications. Outpatient pharmacists may use the NDC system to avoid confusion with look-alike/sound-alike drugs.

NDC help in the computerization of medication-related processes in health settings:

  • Supply chain
  • Ordering
  • Identifying
  • Decision support
  • Effectiveness evaluation

NDC Code is :

  • Up to 11 digits in length
  • Separated by hyphens (-) into three segments
  • Complete NDC is formatted 5-4-2, for a total of 11 digits:  12345-1234-12
  • The NDC is found on the drug container (that is vial, bottle, tube).
  • The first five digits identify the manufacturer of the drug and are assigned by the Food and Drug Administration. The remaining digits are assigned by the manufacturer and identify the specific product and package size.

NDC Code is comprised of 3-segments :

  1. The first segment is the “labeler” code.
    The first five digits identify the manufacturer of the drug and are assigned by the Food and Drug Administration.
    4-5 characters.
  2. The second segment is the “product” code.
    It identifies the strength, dosage form and formulation.
    3-4 characters.
  3. The third segment is the “package” code.
    identifies package size.
    1-2 characters


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December 13th, 2011 at 8:57 am

Interoperability : Defined

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VA Telehealth: Real-Time Access To Care

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Smart Slippers

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April 21st, 2011 at 8:50 am

What is a personal health record, and what can it do for you?

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April 19th, 2011 at 6:14 am

Personal Health Records Explained

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Personal Health Records: An Example icer-2-go

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April 19th, 2011 at 5:59 am

Personal Health Record (PHR)

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What is a PHR?
An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be drawn from multiple sources while being managed, shared, and controlled by the individual.

A personal health record or PHR is typically a health record (a collection of important information) that is initiated and maintained by an individual. It is different than patient  health record, which includes  information about one’s health compiled and maintained by healthcare providers. An ideal PHR would provide a complete and accurate summary of the health history of an individual by gathering data from many sources and making this information accessible online to anyone who has the authorization to view the information.

The information contained in a PHR will come from different healthcare providers (doctor, dentist, physio-therapists, …), but it is maintained and managed by the individual

PHR allows patients to store and access their health information electronically. PHR helps an individual plan and document any care or treatment he/she is receiving. PHRs have the potential to give individuals more control over their health information — collecting, using, and sharing it as they see fit.

Uses and Benefits of PHR:

  • Collect and store patient information;
  • Collect and store information from a patient’s health care provider;
  • Convert clinical information into more easily understood language;
  • Describe to patients ways to improve their health based on their information;
  • Make it possible for patients to take action on their information;
  • Track appointments, vaccinations, and other services;
  • Improve the quality of care you they receive;
  • Provide timely information when receiving emergency care and ensure access to vital health information;
  • Reduce costs by eliminating duplicate tests

In general, PHRs contain the following types of health information:

  • allergies and adverse drug reactions
  • chronic diseases
  • family history
  • illnesses and hospitalizations
  • imaging reports (e.g. x-ray)
  • immunization records
  • laboratory test results
  • medications and dosing including over the counter medications and herbal remedies
  • surgeries and other procedures
  • vaccinations
  • and Observations of Daily Living (ODLs)




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April 19th, 2011 at 4:44 am

Healthcare Information Systems

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  • mHealth is short for “mobile health.”
  • mHealth is term used to refer to provision of health care supported by mobile devices. The term is most commonly used in reference to using mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones and PDAs, for health services and information.
  • mHealth is not one single technology. mHealth is an ecosystem and takes advantage of a lot of existing, mature technology — hardware, software, local wireless communications and telecommunications infrastructure.
  • The mHealth field has emerged as a sub-segment of health informatics.
  • mHealth applications include the use of mobile devices in collecting community and clinical health data, delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care.


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April 5th, 2011 at 6:37 am


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eHealth refers to the use of internet and other information and communications technologies in support of health and health-related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge and research in the pursuit of enhancing health and healthcare.

  • “The application of Internet and other related technologies in the healthcare industry to improve the access, efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of clinical and business processes utilized by healthcare organizations, practitioners, patients, and consumers to improve the health status of patients. HIMSS News,Volume 13 Number 7, p. 12.
  • “e-health is defined as the use of advanced telecommunications such as the Internet, portable and other sophisticated devices, advanced networks and new design approaches aiming to support healthcare delivery and education. Thus, e-health refers to a fundamental redesign of healthcare processes based on the use and integration of electronic communication at all levels. It aims to lead to patient empowerment which describes the transition from a passive role where the patient is the recipient of care services to an active role where the patient is informed, has choices and is involved in the decision making process. e-Health: Current Status and Future Trends. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 106, 2004

eHealth Encompasses:

  • Telehealth consultations
  • e-Prescriptions
  • Provider credentialing
  • Communication of clinical data to providers
  • Chat rooms/forums to link providers and consumers
  • Consumer education
  • Patient satisfaction surveys
  • Personal health records


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April 5th, 2011 at 6:24 am

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Authentication is the procedure of determining whether someone is, in fact, who he/she declares to be. Authentication is generally required to access secure data or enter a secure area.

  • In information systems, user Authentication refers to the process of determining user’s identity as well as determining what a user is authorized to access {Who and What}.
  • Authentication typically involves the use of a user name and password; certificate, PIN, digital signature and other information that can be used to validate the identity over a network.
  • User authentication ensures that the right information gets to the right person.
  • Example: Hospital admission clerk accesses the information system using her username and password, which allows her access to the admission module of the system, but not other parts of the system.

وبالعربية الإستيقان أو التوثق من الشخصية وهي عملية التوثق من شخصية المستخدم الذي يسعى للوصول إلى بيانات ومعلومات محمية. وتحدد عملية التوثق الشخصية ومستوى الإطلاع (النفاذية) والصلاحيات المسموح بها لهذا الشخص

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