The Patient Physician Relationship For Effective Delivery Of Healthcare

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1.0 Introduction and Background of the Study Privacy is an underlying governing principle of the patient-physician relationship for effective delivery of healthcare. Patients are required to share information with their physicians to facilitate correct diagnosis and determination of treatment, especially to avoid adverse drug interactions. However patients may refuse to disclose important information in cases of health problems such as psychiatric behavior and HIV as their disclosure may lead to social stigma and discrimination. Over time, a patient’s medical record accumulates significant personal information including identification, history of medical diagnosis, digital renderings of medical images, treatment received medication…show more content…
Extended Enterprise Figure 1.1: Typical Information flow in a Healthcare System On the other hand, one must also protect sensitive patient information from being distributed to unauthorized persons, that is, one should strive to maintain patient privacy. Patient information is thus a critical factor in healthcare and should follow the patient during the whole patient process even if the patient visits more than one healthcare provider, that is, in distributed healthcare. Protecting patient information has always been a high priority within the healthcare domain. When electronic healthcare records (EHR) are used, the availability of patient information increases. Think for instance of the medical information of patients: a typical hospital is visited by thousands of patients each year and for each patient, the hospital needs to store contact details, insurance information, appointments with medical specialists, and a medical data: medical reports, radiography pictures, laboratory results and more. Medical professionals need to access
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