Practical measures for keeping health information private

Neame, Roderick (2012) Practical measures for keeping health information private. Electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 7 2: .

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Author Neame, Roderick
Title Practical measures for keeping health information private
Journal name Electronic Journal of Health Informatics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-4381
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 7
Issue 2
Total pages 10
Place of publication Brunswick East, VIC, Australia
Publisher Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA)
Language eng
Abstract Increasingly large amounts of personal information are being captured and stored within healthcare systems; and these data are being shared increasingly widely, and aggregated into ever larger data warehouses. There are good and proper reasons for doing this and the end result will bring benefits to physicians, patients and the community. However there are also demands for health information, for unethical and illegal purposes, and the evidence indicates that there is a ready supply line for it; on the other hand there may be little need to use that supply line when such vast quantities of personalised health information are regularly being lost or otherwise disclosed by government and private sector organisations. This article takes a careful look at information privacy to determine where and how personal information is being abused and disclosed, and how to prevent this. Some of the disclosures are simply a consequence of laziness and carelessness; others are calculating and deliberate; but they can all be controlled and in some cases eliminated by applying well-established methods and technology. The problem seems to be that institutions either do not understand what is required of them, or do not care enough to implement the appropriate measures. It seems also that systems are not being planned with privacy in mind, and consequently are not readily able to accommodate these demands.
Keyword Health information privacy
Network infrastructures
Unique identifiers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number e19

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Publications
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