Health in the Digital Age: Are Your Records Private?
June 9, 2014•9 min
The first principle of digital health is to have access to your own data. But what about other people being able to access your data and private information?Technology has helped us evolve as a society, especially within the health and medical field. However, technology has also evolved to where everything is accessible by the click of a mouse.Many doctors' offices and hospitals are now posting your blood tests, MRIs and other tests online to make it easier for you to gather your health information.You live in a digitally connected society where more than 2 billion people are using the Internet. When this many people are using online databases, the issue of privacy is a huge concern.Are people more willing to transfer information online?You might be wary of having your files online, but practitioners are trying to engage patients by asking them to share their own health story online, which is making it an easier transition.You may think there are several pros to having everything online, but you might also see many cons. When it comes to your health records, are your records really private?Founder of the Center for Body Computing, chief cardiologist at USC's Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Leslie Saxon, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the transformation of your health records moving online and any privacy concerns associated with the movement.