Urology Times reached out to three urologists (selected randomly) and asked them each the following question: What are you doing to safeguard patient information?
"The problem is, they’re making medical records too readily visible for patients. I see that as a problem because who’s to say they won’t show their problems to their friends, who’ll show their friends. We’re getting too transparent with medical records, if you ask me. Yes, they’re their medical records, but less is a little bit more, sometimes.
As for security, we send encrypted messages, but in the day and age of cell phones, our answering service forwards texts containing the patients’ name and birthdate. So, the form of communication may be a problem.
For the most part, records are secure because we do everything here. Granted, we have the luxury of taking things home, but everything from our system is secured with the technology.
Hopefully, our technology will keep the information hack-proof, but I can’t answer that specifically because I don’t have the time to watch all that goes on. I have a busy practice, so I have to trust what the IT people tell us.”
Rocco Morabito, Jr, MD / Huntington, WV