Amanda Eisenberg reports:
Technology is helping close the gap between physical and behavioral healthcare, but professionals say there’s a long way to go in integrating information from the two disciplines.
As patient data becomes more easily accessible—by both physicians and hackers—in the age of electronic health records and health information exchanges, privacy concerns have outweighed the benefits for the continuum of care.
For patients with behavioral health problems, the levels of security within health information exchanges and records are so high that one of two things tends to happen to sensitive information—either all of it is released, or none of it is.
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Do read this news report, as the issues and decisions made have huge implications for privacy and data security protections as well as delivery of healthcare services.