Providing high-quality care requires accessible and accurate personal health information. Kaiser Permanente pioneered comprehensive electronic health records, beginning in the 1960s. Today, these records enable us to integrate care delivery across our entire system and keep our members healthy.
Highly connected, digital systems (like electronic health record systems) pose potential privacy challenges for any organization. Threats to privacy can happen when people provide information to third parties for one purpose, such as a health-focused app, but find it used inappropriately for an unintended purpose.
Underpinning Kaiser Permanente’s electronic health record systems are internal policies and protocols that reflect a robust, consistent, transparent data privacy approach based on applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Privacy protections also are enabled by Kaiser Permanente’s comprehensive approach to data security. Our external advocacy around data privacy seeks to promote policies that support the secure use of patient information for the intended purpose of delivering high-quality health care.
Kaiser Permanente believes sound public policies relating to health data privacy must:
Kaiser Permanente advocates for policies that: