The Environment Health Information Technology HIT is becoming increasingly useful and implemented more frequently by health care providers throughout the United States. The shift towards implementing Electronic Health Records has a significant influence on the quality of care provided by health care providers; however, some providers still stick to the basic paper documentation due to skepticism and disregard the benefits to adopting new technologies. What barriers will be encountered during the decision making process and how will these barriers be addressed? A health practice interested in adopting and implementing an EHR system must establish priorities, identify potential risks and how to avoid or overcome these risks, outweigh the pros and cons, set goals, and adhere to strict guidelines to ensure adopting a successful system.
Internet privacy The ability to control the information one reveals about oneself over the internet, and who can access that information, has become a growing concern.
These concerns include whether email can be stored or read by third parties without consent, or whether third parties can continue to track the websites that someone has visited. Another concern is if the websites that are visited can collect, store, and possibly share personally identifiable information about users.
The advent of various search engines and the use of data mining created a capability for data about individuals to be collected and combined from a wide variety of sources very easily.
In order not to give away too much personal information, emails should be encrypted. Browsing of web pages as well as other online activities should be done trace-less via "anonymizers", in case those are not trusted, by open-source distributed anonymizers, so called mix netssuch as I2P or Tor — The Onion Router.
Email isn't the only internet content with privacy concerns. In an age where increasing amounts of information are going online, social networking sites pose additional privacy challenges.
People may be tagged in photos or have valuable information exposed about themselves either by choice or unexpectedly by others.
Caution should be exercised with what information is being posted, as social networks vary in what they allow users to make private and what remains publicly accessible. For example, third parties can track IP TV programs someone has watched at any given time. Medical privacy People may not wish for their medical records to be revealed to others.
This may be because they have concern that it might affect their insurance coverages or employment. Or, it may be because they would not wish for others to know about any medical or psychological conditions or treatments that would bring embarrassment upon themselves. Revealing medical data could also reveal other details about one's personal life.
In some cases, the physician-patient privilege is legally protected. These practices are in place to protect the dignity of patients, and to ensure that patients will feel free to reveal complete and accurate information required for them to receive the correct treatment.
Financial privacy Information about a person's financial transactions, including the amount of assets, positions held in stocks or funds, outstanding debts, and purchases can be sensitive. If criminals gain access to information such as a person's accounts or credit card numbers, that person could become the victim of fraud or identity theft.
In some cases, corporations may use this information to target individuals with marketing customized towards those individual's personal preferences, which that person may or may not approve.
Locational[ edit ] As location tracking capabilities of mobile devices are advancing location-based servicesproblems related to user privacy arise.
Location data is among the most sensitive data currently being collected. A recent MIT study   by de Montjoye et al. The study further shows that these constraints hold even when the resolution of the dataset is low.
Therefore, even coarse or blurred datasets provide little anonymity. Political privacy Political privacy has been a concern since voting systems emerged in ancient times.
The secret ballot is the simplest and most widespread measure to ensure that political views are not known to anyone other than the voters themselves—it is nearly universal in modern democracyand considered to be a basic right of citizenship.
In fact, even where other rights of privacy do not exist, this type of privacy very often does. Educational[ edit ] In the United Kingdom inthe Education Secretary Michael Gove described the National Pupil Database as a "rich dataset" whose value could be "maximised" by making it more openly accessible, including to private companies.
Kelly Fiveash of The Register said that this could mean "a child's school life including exam results, attendance, teacher assessments and even characteristics" could be available, with third-party organizations being responsible for anonymizing any publications themselves, rather than the data being anonymized by the government before being handed over.
An example of a data request that Gove indicated had been rejected in the past, but might be possible under an improved version of privacy regulations, was for "analysis on sexual exploitation".News, current events, information and analysis to support state legislatures.
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