In recent news, stories of popular online services like Facebook and TikTok have become the center of negative media attention leading many to fear technology exploiting information. These scandals are unnerving and shed light on a disturbing topic that comes with our advanced technology. In this article, we’ll discuss how Telemedicine is on the rise in the medical industry and the concerns of protecting public information.
For many people, “going digital” is synonymous with giving up privacy or selling information. On the contrary, “going digital” is often not a scary or a devious step in the wrong direction. More often than not, it’s a crucial step towards making information more secure and reliable.
People mustn’t fully understand that all matters of technology cannot compare to each other. Systems used in Telemedicine are incredibly secure – and many scientists dedicate their research to keeping it that way.
Having a better understanding of data protection and relevant systems can help build trust that can help us all take one step in the right direction.
What Do People Want With The Data?
Some people may wonder what total strangers would want with their data. It may seem weird to think that someone would care so much about wanting to know when you went to the doctor for back pain or whiplash. Who cares how or what your doctor prescribes for pain management?
The thing is – this sensitive data can be financially profitable to the right organization. Companies buy this information so that they can use it for marketing, facial recognition, or demographic purposes at the very least.
In more extreme cases, incredibly sensitive information, such as social security numbers or addresses, can be used to steal identifies. Identity theft is a massive problem in the United States as having a careless online presence leaks a lot of information.
Specific countermeasures prevent information from harvesting. Regulations are requiring such measures. These regulations are especially important for industries that handle incredibly sensitive and private information – including medical facilities.
Medical facilities are incredibly secure and cannot compare to social media sites’ security levels or spamming advertising agencies. There is a large amount of research that makes these platforms as secure as possible to keep your information safe.
What Countermeasures Do Telemedicine Systems Take?
You don’t need to be a computer genius to understand the basics of what telemedicine services do. Four basic principles are underlying these strategies.
Security: The first step to having a secure system is setting up different programs that prevent infiltration. Consider the older versions of storing medical files. You would have a little file cabinet with a lock and key in a locked room. This “locking down” is where a huge difference lies between digital and physical files. With physical files, a thief needed to break into the storage area and take the files themselves. In this digital age, burglars retrieve information remotely. Malicious software, such as malware or viruses, infect a computer and collect the information to send back to the party that sent it out. While this means we can no longer keep things under a literal lock and key, some programs act like it.
These are circumstances you even need to worry about on your private computers. Luckily, the countermeasures are relatively easy to install. Only using antivirus software or setting up firewalls are a great help. Additionally, such facilities may run offline or on a private network.
Having everything secured with strong passwords and logins can also assure that the data remains only with the people that should be looking at this information have access to it. You can expect a routine procedure from any organization, whether you are looking at a large hospital or your local family chiropractic.
Encryption: Encryption is the second level of defense if someone manages to break down the first walls of protective software and passwords. Essentially, it leaves the information retrieved from an exploitation adventure unreadable.
Imagine if you were to take your documents and translate every one of them into a secret code that only you knew. That process is encryption. It’s a cornerstone of internet privacy that helps keep your information safe if a data breach occurs.
Monitoring: Constant surveillance watches out for any suspicious activity that indicates a data breach. When this happens, new countermeasures to apprehend the offenders and update the systems to something more secure.
Individual alerts work so that it is like having a little security guard working around the clock around your files.
Consent: First and foremost, your physician will let you know how they handle your information. Transparency is an incredibly important component to keeping trust and allowing you to understand what they have and what measures secure it.
Obtaining consent is a legal obligation, whether you are setting up a smartphone or meeting with an online chiropractor.
Is Telemedicine Worth It?
All of this seems like a lot of work, but is switching to Telemedicine worth the effort? Honestly, the benefits you get from going digital far outweigh the inconveniences of setting up a new system. In the long run, these platforms are more secure and easy to manage than physical techniques.
They also allow for backups to be stored so that a fire or flood wouldn’t devastate your medical record.
Regional Medical Group prides itself on giving top of the line service to its patients. That is why our Telemedicine portal is easy to access and safe to use from home.
Patients can access Telemedicine here:
Step one: Call 404-620-2026. Existing patients or new patients qualify to access one of RMG’s trusted doctors.
Step two: Access a HIPAA Compliant Portal. Eligible patients can easily connect with a trusted doctor with a simple link click.
Step three: Schedule your doctor’s appointment. Patients can schedule a time and date to speak with a trusted RMG doctor.
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