New COACH Privacy and Security Guidelines Focus on Patient Portals
COACH has announced the publication of new Privacy and Security for Patient Portals 2012 Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information Special Edition, addressing the increasingly important issues of the emergence of patient portals, secure controlled computerized pathways between a patient and his/her personal health information, which present privacy and security issues that are distinct from other clinical information systems. Covering design, implementation and management, this new publication is a resource for healthcare organizations and professionals that have existing patient portal systems, as well as those that are considering introducing them. All sizes of organizations, from single-physician offices to large, complex enterprises, will find it beneficial.
“The Special Edition is a much-needed resource for addressing the unique privacy and security issues associated with patient portals,” says Wendy Robillard, Director, HIA Policy Unit, Alberta Health and Wellness. “These portals are becoming increasingly important to build trust and collaboration between patient and providers, which is key to good healthcare. When they are properly developed and responsibly implemented, patient portals can increase transparency, accountability, support and secure access to information and services.”
The content includes:
- the healthcare context for privacy and security;
- functional models of portals, stratifying them by use cases and functionality;
- participative care plans, complex scheduling, financial management;
- Canadian privacy legislation, including legislative variations by jurisdiction;
- the 10 principals of the Canadian Standards Association Model Code.
The publication is designed to be a provider-focused, vendor-neutral Special Edition, and is not intended for technical professionals involved with patient portals. Written by privacy and security experts from across Canada, it is the newest publication in the COACH Privacy and Security Series, including the 2011 main edition, Guidelines for the Protection of Health Information. The Patient Portals Special Edition is available as a 107-page book, ideal for educational and reference needs in academic and professional settings, or as the e-Guidelines PDF from http://www.coachorg.com. (COACH members enjoy preferred rates.) Note: Healthcare organizations and providers in Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan can obtain the e-Guidelines version at no charge. Please visit the COACH website for details – see http://www.coachorg.com or directly at http://www.coachorg.com/en/publications/2012_Guidelines.asp?_mid_=4420
COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association is the voice of health informatics (HI) in Canada, promoting the adoption, practice and professionalism of health informatics. COACH is an IMIA Member Society. http://www.coachorg.com
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