Five Ways to Securely and Efficiently Share Medical Records

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USB drives, consumer file-sharing websites like Dropbox, and unsecured email accounts are not acceptable means of moving digital patient records. While methods like these are quick and easy, they lack security, management and control — and they break compliance protocols. The ban on using consumer tools like this should be strictly enforced by IT.

Care providers face an urgent, internal battle every day: security and compliance versus productivity and service. For most health care organizations, the fight is an easy one. Providing quick, high-quality care wins almost every single time.

Much to the dismay of health care IT, though, this often leads medical professionals to circumvent established policies and choose faster, more convenient — and usually less secure — methods of moving and sharing patient records and sensitive information. In fact, according to a 2013 report released by The Open Security Foundation, more than 2,600 health care data breaches occurred in 2012, exposing 267 million-plus records. While these breaches cannot all be directly linked back to the security versus productivity dilemma, they highlight the need for change.

Here are five ways, identified by GlobalSCAPE, Inc., a leading provider of secure, information exchange solutions, that medical IT professionals can better partner with their team of providers to guarantee that care, speed, security, and compliance all remain priorities.

 

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