Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Study: Patients Withhold Data Over Privacy Concerns

Privacy and security concerns have led nearly one in eight patients to withhold information from a healthcare provider, according to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.

The study assessed the perceptions and behaviors about the security of their protected health information (PHI) by focusing on people's views about their individually identifiable medical records as defined under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

James Pyles, a privacy attorney, said these results are consistent with 1999 and 2005 studies by the California HealthCare Foundation in which 13% of respondents practiced some form of "privacy protective barriers."

"The study underscores the need for enhanced measures to secure patients' [personal health information] to avoid undermining their trust."
- Harvard School of Public Health, Researcher, Israel Agaku
The lead author, Israel Agaku, a researcher at Harvard School of Public Health, said the study underscores the need to avoid undermining patients' trust about the privacy of their personal data. Healthcare organizations can build patient trust about the privacy of their personal information by utilizing low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics to proactively detect data breaches.
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Sources:
(a) Study: Patients Withhold Health Data Because of Privacy Concerns - iHealthBeat.org, 09/09/2013

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