Four steps to preserving adolescent confidentiality in an electronic health environment

Rebekah Williams, Julia F. Taylor

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Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Best practices in adolescent care require the ability to provide confidential services, particularly for reproductive health care. As systems implement electronic health records and patients use health portals to access information and communicate with their healthcare team, special attention should be paid to protection of adolescent confidentiality in the electronic environment. RECENT FINDINGS: Professional organizations have issued guidance for electronic health records and portal use, but implementation has varied widely between systems, with multiple risks for breaches of confidentiality. Despite interest from patients and families, adolescent health portal use remains low. SUMMARY: Understanding the legal and electronic environments in which we care for adolescent patients allows us to educate, advocate, and implement our electronic tools in a way that respects our adolescent patients’ need for confidential care, the importance of their caregivers in promoting their health, and the legal rights of both.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology
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StateAccepted/In press - Jul 20 2016

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Confidentiality
Electronic Health Records
Health
Civil Rights
Access to Information
Patient Care Team
Aptitude
Family Health
Practice Guidelines
Caregivers
Patient Care
Delivery of Health Care

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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