J Korean Soc Med Inform.  2007 Sep;13(3):197-205.

Comparison of the Perception on Health Information Privacy Protection for Electronic Health Record among Patients, Healthcare Providers and Administration Groups

Affiliations
  • 1The Catholic Univ. of Korea College of Medicine.
  • 2Dept. of Preventive Medicine, The Catholic Univ. of Korea Graduate School of Public Health. sikimMD@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract


OBJECTIVE
As the accelerated development and use of Electronic Health Record have grown exponentially, the possible disclosure of patient healthcare information is increased. The purpose of this study is to examine the perception gap on disclosure of EHR information among the patient/guardian group, healthcare provider group, and administration group.
METHODS
A questionnaire survey from a hospital located in Incheon City of Korea was conducted and over 200 responses were collected. Outcome measures include healthcare information protection, disclosure of unidentifiable information, possible losses from the disclosure of healthcare information, and the ownership of healthcare information.
RESULTS
Regarding healthcare information protection, three groups have a general consensus over some issues. In contrast, the healthcare providers and the administration group have a higher consideration regarding possible losses resulting from the disclosure of healthcare information than the patient group. In addition, the healthcare provider group considered the ownership of healthcare information to belong to the hospital in contrast with the patients' view that the ownership and disclosure rights belong to the patient.
CONCLUSION
These findings indicate that the high level of interest and concern that our results revealed, suggests that more attention should be directed toward designing and developing policy, organization and legislative systems.

Keyword

Electronic Health Record Systems; Health Information; Privacy Protection

MeSH Terms

Computer Security
Consensus
Delivery of Health Care*
Disclosure
Electronic Health Records*
Health Personnel*
Human Rights
Humans
Incheon
Korea
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Ownership
Privacy*
Surveys and Questionnaires
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