Health information is a top priority for the patient and his family.
Persons and organizations that handle health information are required to abide by policies and security safeguards to protect the medical records, whether they are stored on paper or electronically.
Setting privacy rules for the medical records is imperative and the patient play an important role in controlling who has access to his health information in many situations.
Doctors, nurses, clinics, insurance companies have access to these records, but the patient has to set limits and rules on:
Privacy: how his health information can be used and shared with others. For instance, the records are shared with the doctors, nurses, hospitals, programs for protection of the public’s health, and organizations directly related to providing care for the patient. It can never be shared without the patient’s consent with his employer or anything like sales, calls, advertising or any other purposes unless the patient gives the authorization.
Security: how his health information must be kept secure with administrative, technical, and physical safeguards. Audit trails should exist for medical records in order to know how, when and by whom was the information altered, including the medical test results, diagnostics, prescriptions, …
Protect yourself; ask to protect your information!