Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Can Health Care Orgs Maintain Trust With Electronic Records?

Savitz, Eric. "Can Health Care Orgs Maintain Trust With Electronic Records?" Forbes, March 19, 2012.

From the article: "You don’t want your personal health information to spread virally around the Internet. Save that for the talking baby videos on YouTube.

The truth is, the electronic health information of millions of patients can be breached in a matter of seconds. As the industry moves from paper records to electronic health records (EHR), protected health information (PHI) is now more susceptible to exposure than ever.The White House just published the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, stating that “trust is essential to maintaining the social and economic benefits that networked technologies bring to the United States and the rest of the world.” Trust is a precious thing. Trust is the cornerstone of solid doctor-patient relationships. We also trust that our health-care providers will protect our confidential patient information. That trust is at the core of the viability of our health care delivery system. Without it, the entire industry will crumble and put patients at risk. Yet as the industry moves toward EHR adoption, that trust is being seriously tested." Read more