How to Keep Patient Information Confidential in the Digital Age – Commentary by Jeff VanSickel

May 10, 2013 — SurgicalAesthetics

Medical practices across the nation are increasingly using digital tools to track patient health records, communicate with patients and collaborate across clinical specialties. But with the rewards of convenience and efficiency come the threats of potentially compromising patients’ privacy and exposing sensitive data to hackers or identity thieves.

Digitization is a fast-growing trend. About 30% of physicians have already implemented Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and 14% plan to implement an EHR system in the next three years, according to “The Future of Health Care,” a national survey of more than 5,000 physicians conducted by The Doctors Company ( When making such a shift, healthcare providers must take pains to ensure their data is safe. Read the article