Protecting Privacy

Usage of automated healthcare involves filling up a form that requires personal information which includes family background, DNA testing, moral and psychological state and other information that are too confidential. These pieces of information are kept in the medical record of the patient as it is very important because the information contained is a strong basis for the person’s privilege to enjoy his right to education, employment and insurance.

The quality of healthcare to be given to the patient is also dependent in this personal information because the more accurate the personal information more accurate diagnosis and prescription will be obtained. A dilemma occurs in this aspect essentially because the patient needs to choose between privacy and high quality health care. If the patient wants privacy, he may opt not to disclose information required in the personal information sheet as he may provide vague or wrong information to secure privacy.

When this happens, the medical doctor assigned to evaluate his case will likely arrive at a wrong diagnosis of his illness. On the other hand, if the patient chooses high quality health care, then he is obliged to provide all the necessary information to cure his illness (Union, 1999). Managed care involves not just the ‘privately insured’, but including those who has publicly financed health plans (Union, 1999). For one, Medicare managed care—which covers around15 percent of the Medicare populace nationally—reaches approximately 40 percent of Californians.

Accordingly, it astonishingly wraps in 12 California regions (for the most part those with the largest populations) Medi-Cal, which offers coverage for a range of low-income populations (see graph for a view on national spending on healthcare), has gone to a managed care model for some populations (specifically those linked to the program through welfare). CHCF builds a bridge between the patients and the doctors with secure software that ensures their health care system to be both promoting health and at the same time protecting privacy.

This goal is implemented through a transformed and accommodating method which enables consumers, providers, health plans, employers, researchers, and other stakeholders to settle on how, when, and with whom patient information ought to be divulged with. The e-information system, which uses the internet as a medium—is both helping the patients get an easier access to health-related queries and at the same time sustaining their privacy in the most professional means possible.

This system’s common uses basically includes the following: managing diseases, conducting research, ensuring quality and accountability, investigating fraud and abuse, monitoring public health, increasing government oversight, expanding commercial activities, and efficiency in data retrieval. The system may have benefits at hand, but during the time that it was proposed in California, a lot of critics scrutinized the system as they contend that healthcare institutions should not indulge in such without thoroughly harnessing the privacy issues raised in the World Wide Web.

This caused then Vice President Gore to postpone the approval of the system. Hence, to date, this method is widely used not only by the California Healthcare Foundation but by other institutions as well (Ivan J. , 2008). Growing Uses of Health Care Information The percentage of healthcare institutions that are handling patient data has immensely increased over the years. The integration of databases kept with personal health information has developed into a more advanced and technologically-inclined perspective.

Given the access to such data, the public discern up-to-the-minute and often enhanced means in accordance with the delivery of valuable care, identification and treatment to those at peril for ailments, commencement of population-based investigation and researches, assessment and improvisation of quality, detection of fraud and abuse (in the case of transparency), and promotion of services (CHCF, 2008). The perfection of this method is just a few inches away given that the changes attributed to this system is updated by the CHCF annually.