What you need to know about electronic medical records privacy
There is nothing more personal than electronic medical records (EMR). Healthcare providers and personnel are vigilant about HIPAA compliance and patient privacy, says HealthMaker Bill Crounse, MD. New security methods are also being developed.
I used to hear of reports from journalists who would do dumpster-diving behind hospitals and find all sorts of private
information about patients. [MUSIC PLAYING]
We should all be concerned about privacy when it comes to health care. I mean, there's nothing more personal than your personal health information.
What you will see though is that companies, I think, that are being responsible in this space are basically--
here in the US, we have to be adherent to HIPAA rules and regulations. And you'll find companies that are
offering cloud-based services that want to protect your health information or signing those business-associates agreements and taking care of that.
I also think that the whole issue of privacy around EMRs, there's a little bit of a misnomer here because if you think about the way medicine
has been historically practiced and documented-- I mean, I remember the days when, of course, everything was on paper.
Doctors were driving around with paper charts in their cars. I used to hear of reports from journalists who would do dumpster-diving behind hospitals
and find all sorts of private information about patients. So in many ways we actually, with technology,
can protect your information better than when it was in paper. That doesn't mean that we should be nonchalant about it
or take it for granted. People who are going to be storing personal health information on patients have to make privacy and security job
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