It is widely agreed that as society we have entered the information age. Information is given a high priority and is a currency, and corporations and even governments are always trying to obtain more of it. Beside these Big Data culprits, there are the more sinister online hackers who try to obtain people’s information. No information is off limits for some. Thus, things like you or your child’s health information are subject to a possible hack. So, what are some of the ways that your child’s health information is kept safe from different threats, and what can you do about it?
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Be Aware of the Problem
The first step in properly dealing with an issue is being aware that it actually is an issue in the first place. As this USA Today article makes clear, your personal information, including health records, hold value online. This automatically makes you are target for some. By simply being aware of the problem, you can begin to take steps towards making sure your child’s information is safe.
Talk to Your Medical Provider
This piece of advice comes from the same article linked above. There is no shame in talking to your medical provider to see if they have informational security systems online in place. It is your child’s information after all, and thus you have the right to know whether that information will be protected by the people you are giving it to. You can start by simply asking if they have security measures, but feel free to be more specific in your questions as well, such as if they use a vendor. One way that your medical provider can help ensure the protection of your child’s information is by double encryption.
Use a Strong Password
Having a strong password can help protect your electronic health information. This is especially important for any portal or health care website you may be using. By making sure you have a strong password, you are helping ensure that your child’s health information is safe. It may seem like a very simple remedy, but having a secure password can go a long way.
Real-time Licensing Validation Databases
By using licensing validation databases, you or your health care provider can help make sure that your child’s electronic information is safe. There are several ways that such validation can help you, according to MedPro Systems, such as searches for state licensing numbers and checking for regulatory compliance.
In the end, the world of information can be a potentially dangerous place. If your child’s information is in electronic form in some way, consider taking action. Make sure your health care provider is taking the necessary safety precautions, as well as yourself, for the safety of your child’s information.