Taiwan's perspective on electronic medical records' security and privacy protection: Lessons learned from HIPAA

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Abstract

The protection of patients' health information is a very important concern in the information age. The purpose of this study is to ascertain what constitutes an effective legal framework in protecting both the security and privacy of health information, especially electronic medical records. All sorts of bills regarding electronic medical data protection have been proposed around the world including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of the U.S. The trend of a centralized bill that focuses on managing computerized health information is the part that needs our further attention. Under the sponsor of Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH), our expert panel drafted the "Medical Information Security and Privacy Protection Guidelines", which identifies nine principles and entails 12 articles, in the hope that medical organizations will have an effective reference in how to manage their medical information in a confidential and secured fashion especially in electronic transactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-282
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

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Keywords

  • Electronic medical record
  • Medical information
  • Privacy
  • Protection
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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