What Is Patient Information, and How Is It Protected?
When people visit health care facilities to receive medical services, they are usually required to give their health care providers relevant information that can be used to inform their treatment process. The information they give to these providers is typically referred to as patient information.
But what is patient information, and why is it important?
Patient information includes a range of different data types, such as patients’ medical history, medical test results, and insurance information. Health care professionals can use all of this data to provide better care for their patients, but patient information also has the potential to be abused by malicious parties if it is not protected. Maintaining the confidentiality of patient information is important because health records often contain extremely personal details or financial information.