New Book Discusses Information Privacy in Healthcare

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- A new book discusses how the rapid increase in electronic medical records will impact patient privacy.

Information Privacy in the Evolving Healthcare Environment explores the relationship between privacy and medical ethics; the synergy that exists between information privacy and security; and the complex legal landscape governing health information privacy.

Linda Dimitropoulos, Ph.D., of RTI International, authored the chapter titled, “Privacy and Health Information Exchange.”

The chapter highlights the benefits of widespread sharing of health information, and identifies some of the challenges to protecting patient privacy that health information exchange creates.  It also features solutions being developed at the state and local level that are informing policy decision making at the federal level.

Dimitropoulos is the director of the Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology (CAHIT) at RTI International. She has 18 years of experience designing and managing both qualitative and quantitative research studies in health services and health information technology.

For the past eight years, she has focused primarily on health IT  and health information exchange policy issues. She has also provided support to various state-level programs related to health IT and health information exchange.

She earned both a doctorate degree and master’s degree in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Information Privacy in the Evolving Healthcare Environment is published by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is available for purchase on its website.  
 

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Highlights

  • New book discusses how the rapid increase in electronic medical records will impact patient privacy
  • Linda Dimitropoulos, Ph.D., of RTI International, authored the chapter titled, “Privacy and Health Information Exchange”
  • The chapter highlights the benefits of widespread sharing of health information
  • The chapter also features solutions being developed at the state and local level that are informing policy decision making at the federal level