Confidentiality of Online Patient Data in Digital Dentistry

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One of the most important factors in a dentist-patient relationship is the confidentiality and security of a patient’s information. With today’s digital dentistry, patient information can be stored digitally, allowing for efficient access of records among dental personnel and dentists. While digital communication through online data enables dentists to work with other departments to meet the patient’s oral needs, computer-based information is flowing through some unsecured digital network if not properly done.

Here at Smiles First Healthcare, we offer secure cloud applications that can help maximize your dental practice effectiveness. With a secure password and username, providers and patients can access information through a web connection.

In Canada, regulations setting standards to ensure that the technologies used to store and transfer patient information are supported. The Personal Information Protection and Elec­tronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) sets out the rules for how businesses must handle personal data in the course of commercial activity. There are also significant rules in other provinces of Canada, as well as specific policies from professional dental organizations for the handling of patient personal data.

Every dental practice is required to follow government regulations for handling patients’ information and this includes confidentiality and security. Encrypting patient personal data makes access difficult for hackers and other people that are not involved in the process of storing, handling and transferring information.

If you want a secure cloud application and patient home page portal, check out our services today. Contact us and keep your patients’ computer-based information consistently secured.

-The Smiles First Healthcare Team

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