Privacy & Security
One of the most challenging areas of Health Information Infrastructure (HII) is assurance of privacy and security. Who has access to what kinds of medical information? How and where are they allowed to use it? How can this information be protected online while ensuring speed and accuracy for people's primary health concerns? These issues and more are part of our ongoing dialog about privacy and security.
Successful Health Information Exchange (HIE) depends on consistency between a number of technical functions and basic policy requirements. These can be defined by analyzing what's already being used by existing information exchanges throughout the United States. There are several groups who are working on the standards that address a uniform method for determining structure or format, content and a common terminology for elements within that content.
What Does It Mean?
Privacy: The right of an individual to control the circulation of information about him/herself within social relationships; freedom from unreasonable interference in an individual's private life; an individual's right to protection of data regarding him/her against misuse or unjustified publication
Security: In information systems, the degree to which data, databases, or other assets are protected from exposure to accidental or malicious disclosure, interruption, unauthorized access, modification, removal or destruction.
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