With the latest changes to how health information is collected and shared, it’s easier than ever to use a new privacy strategy to protect your personal health information.
The key is to be sure to protect it and to use it correctly.
Here are the top 6 privacy strategies to help you keep your health data safe.1.
Keep it private on your phone.
Keep all your personal data on your device or in a secure location, like your smartphone or tablet.
If your health care provider or insurance company collects, stores or discloses your health info to anyone, then you should keep it private.
If you’re in a business setting or if your health plan collects, keeps or discloses your health details, you can use a different privacy strategy.
If the company you’re using for your health records is advertising on its website or on social media, you should opt out of that by disabling the tracking.3.
Keep your health history private.
You can limit how the company that collects, records or disclomes your health is able to use your information.
Use a service like Personal Health, HealthKit or FitBit to limit who can see and use your health stats.4.
Hide your information from others.
You might be surprised to learn that you can still be vulnerable to unwanted and inappropriate use of your information by other people if you choose not to keep it secret.
If a doctor or other healthcare professional asks you to provide your information, you need to let them know by choosing a different health record type or by not using the company’s site.5.
Learn how to block out personal information.
If that doesn’t work, it might be possible to block the company or health record provider’s information from being accessed or used.
If so, you may want to make sure that only the provider you’re talking to can see or use your data.
For example, you might need to ask the company to block access to your health status or the company might need the permission of your doctor to access your health statistics.6.
Keep information private on a third-party service.
Health data collection is more complex than simply blocking out personal data.
Some third-parties can collect data on you.
These third parties may collect information about you, such as medical information, so that they can help you, including diagnose or treat you, for example.
The way in which your health, medical or medical device data is collected depends on the third- party.
For more information on the types of third- parties and how they can collect and use health data, read “Do you have to tell a doctor if your information is being collected?”