Ensuring e-mail security in clinical practice

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Tired of deleting spam on your email’s inbox? That’s nothing compared to what happens when confidential information is “fished” out from those email messages sent over the net!

No one is more horrified of this than physicians who use emails to send confidential information across the net. Yes, losing confidential information tru e-mail is as devastating as losing patients. Or worse, losing our careers.

That is what Dr. David Kreindler is trying to avoid when he wrote this article “Email security in clinical practice: ensuring patient confidentiality” published in Open Medicine Vol 2 No 2 2008.

And since it is impossible to strip the email of confidential personal (or patient’s) information (the primary reason your sending that email in the first place) he gave a step by step advice on how to thwart email piracy and help keep email information secure with an encryption software.

Read his article here!

One commenter disagreed though and thought email privacy is overblown! And he has a point. But I’m not just about to “lay away” my emails out in the open net without some form of security. On the overall, this is just one component of a security policy aimed at reducing confidential information phishing and making it hard for spammers to get into my inbox!

(It is just ironic too, that Dr. Kreindler published his email, openly in that article, and with a link too, which is actually a mine for email harvesters!)

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Dr. Remo-tito Aguilar co-founded #HealthXPh. A board certified orthopedic surgeon, he is previously Chief of Clinics at St. Louis Hospital in Tacurong City and a consultant in Orthopedics at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. Dr. Aguilar is a healthcare social media evangelist and writes his medical musings at The Cast & Curious (www.remomd.com).

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