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3 Ways Technology Protects Your Medical Privacy

Patient privacy and confidentiality are taken seriously in the medical field and ensured with modern technology.

Electronic medical records store information about your family history, doctor visits, treatments, medical conditions, and other important health information. They help keep your private information organized and accessible only to those who are a part of your healthcare team. These electronic medical records standardize your health information and lessen the likelihood of medical errors. They allow doctors, nurses, paramedics, and anyone else who might provide you with medical care to have access to important information in real time. Electronic records also protect your medical privacy.

Here are 3 ways how:

1. Technology gives YOU access to YOUR information. As a patient, you have a right to access your own medical information.* Technology lets you access your information in the privacy of your own home. This gives you the opportunity to review your medical records for errors and allows you to be well-informed about your own health. You can also request changes to any incorrect information.

2. It can restrict access. You have a right to request who can and cannot access your medical information.* You can request limits to who can access your medical history, treatment, procedure costs, and more. With the help of computers and software, you decide who gets to know what. Technology can even allow your records to have separate logins depending on the level of access you want to grant to family members and healthcare providers. Technology allows only the people with permission to view your personal information.

3. It makes your information more secure. Electronic systems can monitor, track, and alert professionals if there’s any unusual activity. If a hard copy record is stolen, it may go unnoticed until the next time a doctor or nurse tries to access it. Fortunately, electronic files can be monitored and tracked automatically. It can even prevent a problem from happening again. The files can also be encrypted so that the information is unreadable to anyone who is not allowed to see it. Patient information that’s stored on computers and sent over the internet is protected by cybersecurity.* Whether your doctor sends a prescription request to your pharmacist or your dentist sends billing information to your insurance company, it’s safe.

Technology provides a new level of security for medical privacy. It stores your information in an organized and clear way, and protects your private information.

Charter College offers programs using technology in the healthcare field. If you’re interested in a career using technology to manage and protect patient information, then you might want to consider training in Health Care Administration, Health Information Technology, Medical Office Administrative Assistant, or any of the other exciting programs Charter College has to offer.

*http://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/privacy/privacy-and-security-guide-chapter-4.pdf