The ability of individuals to easily and securely access and use their health information electronically serves as one of the cornerstones of nationwide efforts to increase patient and family engagement and advance person-centered health. Patient engagement provides big benefits for your practice and your patients. Those benefits include better:
Communication | Care | Outcomes
Research shows that giving patients access to their clinical information empowers them to increase patient engagement and to improve health outcomes. Health information technology (health IT) is a powerful tool to help you get there — so learn how to make it work for you.
The Patient Engagement Playbook is a tool for health care providers, practice staff, hospital administrators, and others who want to leverage health IT — starting with electronic health record (EHR) patient portals — to engage patients in their health and care.
The privacy and security of patient health information is a top priority for patients and their families, health care providers and professionals, and the government. Federal laws require many of the key persons and organizations that handle health information to have policies and security safeguards in place to protect your health information — whether it is stored on paper or electronically.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules are the main Federal laws that protect your health information. The Privacy Rule gives you rights with respect to your health information. The Privacy Rule also sets limits on how your health information can be used and shared with others. The Security Rule sets rules for how your health information must be kept secure with administrative, technical, and physical safeguards.