Medical Privacy in an Electronic Age—A Discussion of the Issues

May, 2002


As growing numbers of physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, and other health care providers start using the Internet to access patient records, increasingly large databases of patient information can be created and harvested. This trend towards quick and broad access to data has generated mounting public concern over the privacy and confidentiality of such information. Fortunately, technological tools exist which, if implemented, can actually provide greater security for electronic patient data than is generally available for paper-based records.