Improving Patient Outcomes through Secure Data Exchanges
Michael Nelson recently presented at the WEDI Annual Conference on the topic of Secure Medical Record Exchanges. Sharing patient information across healthcare networks helps providers offer better care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce costs. However, as more and more health information becomes available electronically through secure data exchanges – Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) – more security risks arise. The potential for breaches and misuse of personal health record information, including insurance fraud and identity theft, demands that access to electronic health records must be carefully safeguarded.
Providing information only to people who have a legitimate right to have it and the appropriate credentials to perform transactions with it is essential to fulfilling the promise of health information technology. Patient and provider trust in the security and integrity of the systems and networks that house electronic health information is the cornerstone of the ability to apply such technological advances to medical data.
In his presentation, Dr. Nelson discussed ways to build trust in the privacy and security of sensitive health information through specific methods of ensuring that the person trying to access data in a patient portal, log into a hospital or clinic network, or update a wireless medical device is the person it should be through high assurance identity proofing and authentication solutions. Health care organizations recognize the value of using the online channel for better healthcare delivery to their patients or members, for more effective working relationships with health care professionals, and for internal process efficiencies. He outlined some of the many benefits of online services including:
- Lower cost and greater convenience of access to administrative services like record updates, refill requests, and appointment scheduling
- Greater timeliness and quality of clinical services through ‘real-time’ updates of test results and notifications of changes in condition or treatment regimen
- Enabled online applications like clinical decision support, clinical messaging, and telemedicine
Click here to see the presentation slides: WEDI Secure Exchange
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