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Legal Issues in Information Security by Joanna Lyn Grama

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Chapter 6. Security and Privacy of Health Information

HEALTH INFORMATION CAN BE USED in a number of different ways. Doctors and other health care professionals use and share it to provide medical care. Insurance companies and employers share it for insurance coverage and payment. Many people worry that, in addition to valid uses, this type of information could be used improperly. Insurance companies could use it to deny health care coverage. Employers could use it to make employment decisions. Thieves could steal medical information and use it to commit medical identity theft.

Health care providers no longer store health information just in paper files. Many providers use computer systems to create and store electronic health records. When information ...

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