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Title Privacy Protection of Heath Information: Patient Rights and Pediatrician Responsibilities
Author(s) AAP Pediatric Practice Action Group and Task Force on Medical Informatics
Source Pediatrics, Vol. 104, No. 4, Pages 973-977
Publication Date October, 1999
Abstract Pediatricians and pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists should know their legal responsibilities to protect the privacy of identifiable patient health information. Although paper and electronic medical records have the same privacy standards, health data that are stored or transmitted electronically are vulnerable to unique security breaches. This statement describes the privacy and confidentiality needs and rights of pediatric patients and suggests appropriate security strategies to deter unauthorized access and inappropriate use of patient data. Limitations to physician liability are discussed for transferred data. Any new standards for patient privacy and confidentiality must balance the health needs of the community and the rights of the patient without compromising the ability of pediatricians to provide quality care.


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