Protecting Your Health Privacy: A Citizen's Guide to Safeguarding the Security of Your Medical Information

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It's a new era in healthcare. Gone are the day when access to your medical records is limited to you and your doctor. Instead, today, a diverse group of constituencies have interest in and access to your health information. A cascade of changes in technology and the delivery of healthcare are increasing the vulnerability of your medical information. Accordingly, it is now more important than ever to take control over your own health information and take steps to protect your information against privacy breaches ...

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Overview

It's a new era in healthcare. Gone are the day when access to your medical records is limited to you and your doctor. Instead, today, a diverse group of constituencies have interest in and access to your health information. A cascade of changes in technology and the delivery of healthcare are increasing the vulnerability of your medical information. Accordingly, it is now more important than ever to take control over your own health information and take steps to protect your information against privacy breaches that can adversely impact the quality of your health care, your insurability, your employability, your relationships, and your reputation.

In clear, non-technical language, privacy lawyer Jacqueline Klosek teaches readers the basics you need to know as an individual healthcare consumer about the ongoing wave of national and state legislation affecting patient privacy: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2009, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. She untangles the increasingly complex ways by which health care providers, insurers, employers, social networking sites, and marketers routinely collect, use, and share our personal health information. Protecting Your Health Privacy: A Citizen's Guide to Safeguarding the Security of Your Medical Information empowers ordinary citizens with the knowledge and know-how we need to protect ourselves and our families from prying eyes, medical identity theft, ruinous revelations of socially stigmatizing diseases, and illegal punitive practices by insurers and employers.

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"It could be used as the basis for a comprehensive course. . . . I know of no better reference source on this topic."

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"This consumer-oriented guide exposes threats to health privacy that are posed by data technology insecurities, employer and insurance company interests, identity theft and malicious behaviors, and inadequate awareness and vigilance. It describes practical ways to safeguard personal medical information and exercise health privacy rights. . . . Summing up: Recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313387173
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/18/2010
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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