If earlier mostly all information was kept on the papers, the recent informational technologies expanding growth gives medical staff the opportunity to use them in their job. We can not deny the advantages which are coming to every job with using computer and specialized software. But together with this the old, as Hyppoctates outh, there is a problem of information protection.
At first look the health information became more vulnerable with this technologies using, as there are dangers of it’s stealing while the information is stored on the computer, as well as when it is transmitted through the Internet. This may lead uninitiated people to say that there is no solution to this issue. Is it really so?
If you are a medical worker, you may face different situations, when the information, you work with, is vulnerable. Sometimes you may wonder where the problem may come from or to feel stressed by the reasons for your electronic information storage and transmitting and the ways you can you do it.
In this article I will try to point the reasons why should we do it and to suggest some practical answers to these sometimes challenging situations.
Reasons for protecting medical information
Every country is protecting the patients with different laws. There are different official documents which underline the importance of protecting the confidentiality of people’s health information and as a consequence, their privacy. And this is not an option, this is a obligation of each medical worker. Medical staff should not allow private information misuse
2. Etiquette rules and Hypocrates oath
Etiquette rules require us to be able to protect the information we get from our neighbors. Hypocrates oath requires a doctor to protect the information, he get from the patients. It says: “Whatever in connection with my professional practice or not in connection with it I may see or hear in the lives of my patients which ought not be spoken abroad I will not divulge, reckoning that all such should be kept secret.” And these requirements, philosophically saying, are designed to protect our safety as well as our patients. Thinking only of our well-being is a limited way to treat this issue.
3. Marketing issues
Looking for medical services, patients may fear, reasonably or not, that their personal health information will be exposed. So, it is of real advantage for you to use strong information protection tools, as one of the key point in developing marketing positioning for your services. If you want your services to develop a brand and are really interested to have competitive status, you may not neglect the information protection issue. When you present your services with high information protection opportunities, it gives you higher lever of trust and will bring you more patients.
4. Staff and leaders protection from the frauds
Sometimes there are situations, when the information is stolen because of stuff neglection. This also is caused by the lack of serious protection policy for medical services in the company. This may happen because the services managers do not know about safe and easy-to-use computer information protection tools existence and about the places where to look for them. Information technologies availability for the info thefts makes this issue more difficult to be understood at first look.
What you need to know about information security?
The most important thing is to remember that there is no unique solution to this complex, but not unsolvable issue. One important thing here is to overcome the fear of using informational technologies, which offer information protection tools.
1. First, you need to work on physical building and hardware protection.
It is possible to look for the businesses, which provide solutions for the building access security. Nowadays we have many products and services in this area. What can be done is just find out which are the security companies in your city and just find out what products and services they have. There are businesses which can offer you hardware protection tools, like locks and wires which are designed specially for the computer type you have . these physical protection tools can help you minimize the risk for your physical computer access.
2. Get a professional advice from the security experts.
Deciding on physical protection is only a part of your task. If you are really aware of information protection, you should think of computer access protection and of data protection inside of it.
As I am literate in computer access software and utilities, as well as security software, I can give you some suggestions here about using Dekart Family Security products.
I suggest you an easy-to-use Dekart Private Disk, which will allow you to encrypt any of your information. You can create a virtual disk with this simple and secure tool, compatible with all medical software, which can be securely installed and encrypted on it. More about it you may read on http://www.dekart.com/products/file_disk_encryption/private_disk/
Another product is Dekart Logon, which may be used for computer access protection, as well as for passwords management. This product will help you avoid forever a passwords forgetting issue. The computer access passwords can be stored on different devices and keys. More on this on http://www.dekart.com/products/authentication_access/logon/