Security of Healthcare Records


Securityof Healthcare Records

Securityof Healthcare Records

Keepinghealth information and data on matters such as patients` diagnoses,lab test results and medications are important in prescribing futuremedication. With the growing adoption of technology, the security ofdata has become a critical matter. Health institutions have not beenleft out in technology advancement where technology resources areused in keeping health records. Ethical issues such as loss ofprivacy or data loss require the clinical staff to improve theirapproaches to security of healthcare records. Enhancing the securityof health care records improves the effectiveness in the provision ofhealthcare services (Weber, 2005).

Technologycomes with the loss of privacy that compromises the integrity andsecurity of data. As such, healthcare institutions are required toutilize the best approaches to safeguarding the integrity andsecurity of the records (Murphy, 2010). Data protection requires theintegration of several mechanisms that cover the users, processes andsystems being used in the institution (Herzig, 2010). Theorganization has an elaborate control on the movement of data eitherelectronically or physically reduces the risk exposure. The nursesand other clinical staff have the responsibility to maintain theprivacy and security of the health records. Nonetheless, theinstitution requires improvement on how to secure its data andnetwork effectively since the risk levels are increasing with thedevelopment new and improved technology. Securing the network isessential using policy, audit and effective controls. Multipleapproaches through of encryption, integrity protection and data lossprevention techniques are essential in enhancing the data isadequately protected. Encryption is efficient in ensuring that theintegrity of the data is not compromised either by external orinternal users (Robichau, 2014).


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