Table 4

 Desirable attributes of an integrated system: from the perspective of local administrators

The system should:
• allow for anonymous reporting and for high level confidentiality
• have mechanisms for authenticating quality control with respect to reliability and validity
• have comprehensive flexible security, allowing access to data and for fields to be user specific
• have comprehensive audit trails
• be able to guide users and facilitate compliance with statutory immunity and privacy requirements, wherever relevant
• allow for comparisons between like units across a jurisdiction, with the identity of the other like units being masked
• have explicit arrangements for support, backup, maintenance, and updating
• have suitable mechanisms for communicating information about “bugs” and desired enhancements