For the Record: Protecting Electronic Health Information
National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications, Committee on Maintaining Privacy and Security in Health Care Applications of the National Information Infrastructure
National Academies Press, Jul 9, 1997 - Medical - 288 pages
When you visit the doctor, information about you may be recorded in an office computer. Your tests may be sent to a laboratory or consulting physician. Relevant information may be transmitted to your health insurer or pharmacy. Your data may be collected by the state government or by an organization that accredits health care or studies medical costs. By making information more readily available to those who need it, greater use of computerized health information can help improve the quality of health care and reduce its costs. Yet health care organizations must find ways to ensure that electronic health information is not improperly divulged. Patient privacy has been an issue since the oath of Hippocrates first called on physicians to "keep silence" on patient matters, and with highly sensitive data--genetic information, HIV test results, psychiatric records--entering patient records, concerns over privacy and security are growing.