The benefits that come from making patients’ records more available using technology must be be balanced against patient privacy. This article deals with faxes, which I regard as the worst possible way to transmit patient information, with a very high risk of breaches in confidentiality
The benefits that come from making patients’ records more available using technology must be balanced against patient privacy. This article deals with the use of USB memory sticks, which offer a major threat to the privacy of patient information, and offers some ways to minimize associated risks.
How do you know if Internet health information is reliable? There’s a lot of information out there, but can it be trusted? Alternatively, how do you ensure that you don’t miss the good stuff? Like all good articles about health information, this one is no substitute for consulting a physician!
As the use of electronic medical records grows, the issue of informed consent to disclosure becomes more and more important. The benefits that come from making patients’ records electronic must be be balanced against patient privacy, and patients enabled to make informed choices.
Although individual patient information may have little commercial value, electronic records are at risk not just from people who want to read them but people who thinks it’s fun to see if they can. Here’s what to do to manage these risks:
In the golden age, which probably never existed, your information was safe with your personal physician. Not least because it was recorded on a paper form which was never looked at again. Computers allow us to retrieve and share information much more easily, for better or worse
There are both ethical and legal obligations to keep personally identifiable patient information private. The legal framework varies according to your jurisdiction, but the ethical principles are more universal. This article explores the duty of confidentiality in a modern IT-enabled world
Personal health data is governed by privacy legislation. The first UK Data Protection Act was established in 1984 to deal with protection of data held on computers. This was replaced by the much more comprehensive 1998 Act which harmonised UK practice with the rest of Europe.
In our increasingly technological world, the duty of care extends to looking after patients’ information as well as the patients themselves to protect their privacy. The traditional view of doctor-patient confidentiality is inadequate for a world which is characterised by multi-professional working
This article is based upon a real patient’s experience and is designed to show the implications of the issues raised in other articles in this series. It starts with blood on the carpet.
Good record keeping is an essential part of health care and the responsibility of every clinician. Many clinicians feel comfortable with paper-based records but there are a number of disadvantages to paper based systems. Read more here.
This article explores whether health informatics does actually improve patient care. It gives case studies where health informatics has made a real difference to health outcomes
This article asks whether informatics can improve patient care through smarter working assisted by information technology (IT). Benefits do not accrue directly from IT, but from changes in working practices facilitated by IT
Many health care professionals regard electronic records as a management tool, not a clinical tool. This article considers the ethical obligation to use electronic records.
We need computers because our paper-based systems simply cannot provide adequate information to support the information needs of a large modern dental practice let alone support shared information with the rest of the health community. This article will describe what computers can do for dentists
In any situation, the information needed is determined by the tasks that we are required to carry out. Information needs should be determined by organisational or user objectives (and not the other way around!). Here’s a look at the information dentists need and why.
Many dentists use computers to manage their business. It is not the computers that help you run a better practice, but better information. This is the first of a series of articles designed to help you use information better. Some of that is about computers