Abstract and Keywords
This article examines issues associated with medical privacy and security, with particular emphasis on the transition from paper records to electronic health records (EHRs) and the many uses of computerized health information, also known as “big data.” After providing a historical background on the privacy, confidentiality, and security of medical records, the article turns to a discussion of the promise of “big data” in the field of medicine. It then considers federal and state privacy laws and their coverage limitations, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. It also raises a number of questions about the importance of privacy in American society before concluding with proposals for maintaining and improving protection of medical privacy.
Keywords: medical privacy, security, electronic health records, computerized health information, big data, confidentiality, medical records, privacy laws, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
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