Encryption by Default and Circles of Trust: Strategies to Secure Personal Information in High-Availability Environments – Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario Canada – 14 December 2012

Posted on January 2, 2013. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Encryption by Default and Circles of Trust: Strategies to Secure Personal Information in High-Availability Environments – Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario Canada – 14 December 2012

“As portable storage devices become increasingly prevalent in the health care sector, concerns also arise regarding the privacy and security of personal health information (PHI). Medical professionals in high-availability data environments, from family doctors to large hospitals, need to ensure data security and protect information through encryption as the default, as the potential for privacy breaches that can be costly and cause lasting damage to their reputation. Taking these steps provides a positive-sum, Privacy by Design approach which benefits both patients and caregivers.”

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Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology [US] – May 2012

Posted on May 9, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics, Medical Records | Tags: , |

Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information – Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology [US] – May 2012

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Embedding Privacy Into the Design of Electronic Health Records to Enable Multiple Functionalities – Win/Win – Canada Health Infoway – 2 March 2012

Posted on March 6, 2012. Filed under: Health Informatics, Medical Records | Tags: , , |

Embedding Privacy Into the Design of Electronic Health Records to Enable Multiple Functionalities – Win/Win – Canada Health Infoway – 2 March 2012

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Co-authored by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, and Richard C. Alvarez, President & CEO, Canada Health Infoway

“Embedding and implementing Privacy by Design (PbD) into electronic health record (EHR) systems being built across Canada will enable us to benefit from the wealth of health information stored on these systems, while protecting patient privacy, according to a new paper released today at the Toronto Board of Trade.

“By incorporating the principles of Privacy by Design into the EHR environment, you can accommodate both individual privacy and access to health information for purposes that benefit society as a whole, such as research purposes – a win-win scenario,” said Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.”

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Old data learns new tricks: Managing patient security and privacy on a new data-sharing playground – pwc – September 2011

Posted on September 23, 2011. Filed under: Health Informatics, Medical Records | Tags: |

Old data learns new tricks: Managing patient security and privacy on a new data-sharing playground – pwc – September 2011

“Data is quickly becoming one of the health industry’s most treasured commodities. Yet, health organizations are acutely aware that sensitive data can be easily compromised. In just the last year and a half, a breach of personal health information occurred, on average, every other day. Breaches erode productivity and patient trust. They’re costly, unpredictable, and unfortunately quite common. More than half of healthcare organizations surveyed by PwC have had at least one privacy/security-related issue in the last two years.”

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Long live the database state – 24 July 2009 – from Dr Foster intelligence

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: Health Informatics, Medical Records | Tags: , , |

Long live the database state 24 July 2009 – from Dr Foster intelligence

“Smarter use of public service statistics can save lives as well as money. But anxious civil libertarians want to stop the state sharing our personal records. They must not succeed.

Tim Kelsey has written a striking article for Prospect magazine on the ongoing struggle of using personal records to improve public service performance. Tim recounts the battle to get HSMRs published and recognised by Government. He also addresses the need to translate records collected by public services into knowledge that leads to the improved performance and connectivity of essential services such as teaching, social services and healthcare.

Read the full article courtesy of Prospect Magazine.”

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