Five Ways to Securely and Efficiently Share Medical Records

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Make sure the tools and policies you put in place work for your front-line care providers. Ask the employees what additional tools and functionality they need, and how data management policies can be improved. IT can only help if it knows what is working and not working for its employees.

Health care organizations must bridge the gap between IT, care providers, and patients, to ensure the secure and compliant transfer of patient data and digital health records.

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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