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Security and Privacy 

Security and Privacy
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Security and Privacy
Author(s):

Karl E. Misulis

, and Mark E. Frisse

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190855574.003.0018
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date: 15 April 2021

Security and privacy must be maintained in an information-rich environment. While information availability needs to be ensured, appropriate access also must be ensured. The complexity of this task is heightened in the presence of greater data sharing. Informatics professionals need a detailed understanding of security and privacy regulations and methods. Security and privacy have been extensively addressed in guidelines and regulations and are pivotal to the electronic health record (EHR). Informatics professionals should be familiar with security and privacy implications, especially those of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Meaningful Use programs, although these are not the limits of regulatory involvement or best practices regarding these issues. Among the issues commonly dealt with are data breaches: unauthorized access to protected health information. Mechanisms and implications are discussed.

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