New Privacy & Security Guidelines Provide Direction on Social Media & Other Emerging Issues
June 1, 2011 (TORONTO, ON) – What are the implications of social media, patient portals, hybrid records, remote patient monitoring and other new technologies on the privacy of personal health information and the healthcare professionals who work with this sensitive data?
The new 2011 edition of the Guidelines for the Protection of Personal Information, published by COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association, provides direction on dealing with these and other emerging privacy and security (P&S) matters in the new “Special Issues” chapter. The “go-to” P&S reference in Canada, this resource continues to offer detailed guidelines, templates and information on best practices.
“Canadian P&S experts devoted major effort to extensively revising and updating the content for this edition,” said COACH CEO Don Newsham. “At this time in healthcare, with all Canadian jurisdictions moving towards electronic health records and rapid advances in technology, the Guidelines remain an essential resource for the professionals providing care and their organizations.”
The new edition was released at the e-Health 2011: Enabling Healthy Outcomes Conference earlier this week. Spanning 350 pages in textbook format, it has been redesigned with an updated look and feel to enhance its usability.
A practical set of guidelines based on accepted principles and standards, this resource is pragmatic and easy for Canadian healthcare professionals and organizations to implement and offers guidance for responding to key P&S issues.
The 2011 edition will soon be available as both a textbook, ideal for educational and reference needs in academic and professional settings, and a downloadable PDF from www.coachorg.com. (COACH members enjoy preferred rates.) Note: The PDF version is available at no charge to healthcare organizations and providers in several provinces and the Northwest Territories. Please visit the website for details.
The 2011 Guidelines is part of a series of COACH P&S products, including the 2010 special edition, Putting it into Practice: Privacy and Security for Healthcare Providers Implementing Electronic Medical Records. Another special edition, focused on patient portals, is planned for release in 2012.